Behavioral neuroscience research

Lycoming College students in Dr. Rebecca Gilbertson's biological psychology class are getting hands-on lab experience thanks to a grant from the George I. Alden Trust. The grant money was used to update the laboratory space and buy new equipment so students can conduct behavioral neuroscience research.

Gilbertson said the renovated biopsychology lab gives her students the ability to do research that they couldn't do before. "This is now a teaching and research space," she said about the lab, which combines state-of-the-art research equipment with technology used for instructing students.

During a recent class, students conducted an experiment in which adolescent rats were given alcohol in a sugar solution. The students then tested the animals as adults to see whether the earlier exposure increased alcohol consumption in the adult animals. Other class experiments include conducting exercises with earthworms to measure nervous system function.

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