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The type of written assignment due for this unit is an Experimental Report.
There is an optional part (i.e. only do if you are interested) and an required part.
It is a fake study with made-up data, but is related to studies published in the literature. The study is on rainbow trout (a type of teleost fish) and the experimental variable is early environmental enrichment vs. normal control. The dependent measure is dendritic branching extent of neurons in target areas (the orsolateral pallium) of the telencephalon. The (made up) results will be that environmental enrichment increases the extent of dendritic branching of neurons in the target areas of the telencephalon (I have really no idea what the result would be if we were actually to do the study). It should be in brief report (also called short communication) format with an introduction, methods section, results, and discussion all within 2500 words for PSYC366 students, the PSYC466 students are expected to provide a deeper treatment of how the data relate to the literature and are allowed 3500 words.
For an example of a short communication have a look at this paper:
Novaes, L. S., dos Santos, N. B., Perfetto, J. G., Goosens, K. A., & Munhoz, C. D. (2018). Environmental enrichment prevents acute restraint stress-induced anxiety-related behavior but not changes in basolateral amygdala spine density. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 98, 6-10.
Here are the instruction how to collect the data:
Instructions on how to collect data on dendritic arborisation of neurons
Training how to collect the neuronal data will be via self-guided progression through online tutorials. Note, this assignment is optional. If you elect to not do the assignment, that’s perfectly fine!
When you want to start, do the following:
1. Look at the website for simple neurite tracer (https://imagej.net/plugins/simple-neurite-tracer/basic-instructions).
2. Look at the website for the Fiji distribution of ImageJ (https://fiji.sc/).
Fiji is supported on the following systems:
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10
Mac OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion” or later
3. Attempt to install and run the program on your computer.
Video Tutorial 1: Installing ImageJ https://une-au.zoom.us/rec/share/1VLuG_Vn8exfKt8SekkI2927yqspAGHvZqoHfwG2kFPK40DD_1CDOsJbYtkzo0-S.3grKCWr-_ux8n6fI Passcode: J#X67gl=
Video Tutorial 2: Working with Simple Neurite Tracer https://une-au.zoom.us/rec/share/SYlfbhmhfsEIh9BGXTlnyp15B4fUGPCfTdinmdx9OCiCALxLlkcWuS8c4vgvZWs1.qCK_oYvaXtlVpZo0 Passcode: 8YXa.2$#
Video Tutorial 3: Sholl analysis https://une-au.zoom.us/rec/share/AKsTLaCXC-5myGVrJYklzK8KBDytUhUfXvhZvcg-k9WzVWT1nGihPWzIOUIeMCY.Lbq2uq2xL2oEC8e2 Passcode: hiwr3EA!
Video Tutorial 4: t-test and reporting statistics
https://une-au.zoom.us/rec/share/GuOwZUpWJ_tmQj5KkHfaEguaUB1RL9DU37kZIwJeHTRdD9qj_lRhbTtR2_l32EaG.Kxq8aOJAE0M0UGaO Passcode: MfVeD?!1

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