Final Week: Update 7

This final week was dedicated to putting together my final essay. I’ve completed my primary research, and selected which pieces of primary evidence I’ll be focusing on in my essay. I’ve also compiled which pictures I’d like to include in order to present the best visual aides for my research. I gathered my secondary research in order to provide a historical overview of the history of minstrelsy as well as what other scholars have said on the subject. It’s certainly exciting to write on a subject that not many scholars have specifically tackled before. I also appreciate the opportunity to create a resource for the College. However, it is a bit stressful to know that my research will be read and reviewed by the larger William and Mary community. Despite the worry, I’ll continue to revise my paper in order to provide the best possible product. Hopefully, I’ll be able to have my paper published in one of William and Mary’s historical journals such as the James Blair Review.

Week 6: Modeling Mechanosensory Stimulation

Last week we finished tuning odor stimulation. This week, we move on to a new type of stimulation: mechanosensory. Mechanosensory stimulation is the result of physical stimuli, such as wind against skin while moving. Preliminary studies have shown that mechanosensory stimulation indeed has an effect on the firing rate in the Antennal Lobe, so we are interested in how the combination of mechanosensory stimulation and odor stimulation leads to sensory perception. In order to study this, we first must code mechanosensory stimulation.

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Week 5: Tuning Triphasic Odor Response

Last week we successfully coded odor stimulation. Now, we need to make sure that our model responds to it properly. Odor stimulus elicits a triphasic response within Antennal Lobe projection neurons (PNs).

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