Andrea Cumpelik

School: 
New York University
Graduation Status: 
Current

Description:

This is my third year at New York University pursuing a B.S. in neuroscience. Research is the reason I chose this field, and I've been involved as a student researcher at the Buzsáki lab since my freshman year. My research interests concern systems neuroscience and complex behavior. Currently I am working on a project to study memory encoding in addiction. We are studying the hippocampus, which is known for being a memory center, and the nucleus accumbens, which encodes reward. The interaction between these structures could play an important role in the desirable effects attributed to drugs during addiction. This summer I worked in Dr. Berridge's lab at the University of Michigan, assisting on a project which studied the effects of stimulating the central nucleus of the amygdala on biasing choice. This is another structure that could play a role in addiction, by making one choice seem more valuable than another. During undergrad I hope to expand my skillset to gain enough independence to work on a project of my own, such as a senior's thesis. After my degree I may continue working on my project the following year if necessary, before continuing on to graduate school in a neuroscience program.

Presentation Summary:

  • Cumpelik, A. (October, 2015). The role of the amygdala in biasing choice. Poster presented at Society for Neuroscience. Chicago, Illinois.
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