Archive for December, 2015

Winter Update

By • Dec 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

With 2015 on its way out, I just thought I’d check in again with everyone. Finals have been completed, much to my relief, and winter break has presented me an excellent opportunity to work on my thesis. I’ve talked with my advisor recently, and we’ve set a number of deadlines for the coming semester, which should…
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One Semester Down…

By • Dec 30th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As the calendar year winds down, the realization dawn on me that my year as an honors fellow is halfway through. I’ll make this post short, but wanted to quickly recap the progress I’ve made so far and what’s in store for 2016. As finals were coming to an end, I was able to push…
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Feeling Good

By • Dec 29th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone!  Fortunately, there have been significant updates on my project since my last blog post.  After what seems like endless emails and phone calls, my participant sample has increased from 3 to 11 women!  To be honest, I never imagined I would be able to contact this many participants.  Before I began gathering data,…
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TRPM4 and 9-phenanthrol

By • Dec 29th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This semester, I have been working on a project that involves intracellular pharmacology. The aim of this project is to determine if TRPM4, a transient receptor potential cation channel, is responsible for the burst generation of neurons in the preBotzinger complex (preBotC). The preBotC is a region of the hindbrain that is responsible for breathing generation […]



December Update 2

By • Dec 27th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The figures below display results of running the BCI algorithm on data of Participant 1 in the Pysionet Database. The data used represents 2, 2 minute sessions with the following task: “A target appears on either the left or the right side of the screen. The subject imagines opening and closing the corresponding fist until…
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December Update

By • Dec 27th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I continued work on getting BCI2000 to run and porting my algorithm over. During the process, I found some of the problems with my code and after fixing them, I’m able to get some promising results using my program. I’ve been looking into the results and haven’t completed moving the code over but plan to.…
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November Update 2

By • Dec 27th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have been working through my algorithm but I’m still not able to achieve the accuracy with offline data necessary to work with data online. I was hoping that collecting data under my own conditions with tasks that are more asynchronous would help with the results but I’ve been testing with data I collected using…
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November Update

By • Dec 27th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have added SONA hours for studies to be conducted between November and December.  I have not been able to keep to my schedule as proposed. I have spent the last few weeks interviewing and have not been on campus for the majority of them. I have some additional, out-of-state interviews in the coming week as…
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October Update

By • Dec 27th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since the last update, I’ve been working on figuring out the reason as to why electrode location doesn’t seem to affect accuracy. In addition, I’m working on the presentation that will be shown to participants during the experiment. I plan to allocate my 24 SONA hours between 6 subjects over 2, 2 hour sessions. The…
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September Update

By • Dec 27th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Below is an update of the BCI algorithm and application as it is so far: The Main BCI Algorithm A python-based, brain-computer interface program structured into 9 separate, concurrent processes. At the start of running the program, a transient start-up process pops up a GUI allowing for selection of varying configuration parameters (see Calibration). Upon…
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