NEPTUN Biography



LAUREN MACLACHLAN, Neuroscience major from NJ




Major: Behavioral Neuroscience

College/Employer: NEU

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hello! I'm a neuroscience major who works in a sleep apnea lab. I've taught classes about drugs, disorders, scientific literature, circadian rhythms, and... Game shows? Game shows. I'm also the acting Director for the club that runs Splash/Waterfall right now!



Past Classes

  (Look at the class archive for more.)


Tick Tock, Your Body is a Clock in Splash Spring 19
AKA: Chronobiology Circadian rhythms - everyone has one, right? Turns out that some people have rhythms that make them nocturnal (hi), while some people have rhythms that better suit them for life on Mars. This class is for anyone who HATES waking up early, anyone who's ever felt like they got run over by a bus after an international flight, or anyone who is interested in why exactly the number "24" isn't just a construct but is woven into our DNA. We'll definitely be getting into some neuroscience and genetics here, but we're also gonna talk about what it's like to live in a cave and whether that sleeping cure your Grandma tells you "works every time" is real or not.


This is Your Brain on Drugs in Waterfall Fall 18
AKA: Psychopharmacology We're going to cover and discuss a variety of potential topics relating to drugs (illicit and prescription) - their effects on behavior, their action in the brain, and even societal implications agents can have. About a third of the class is fueled by your questions, so don't hesitate to bring them along!


Psychiatric and Neurological Disorder in Waterfall Fall 18
"Multiple personalities," hearing color, surviving a rod being blasted through your brain, and more - welcome to an exploration through various topics in neuroscience and abnormal psychology. Please be sure to bring any questions you may have relating to psychiatric and neurological disorder!


The Science to Science in Waterfall Fall 18
Are e-cigarettes and marijuana going to destroy today's teenagers? Do vaccines cause autism? Aren't people with mental illness violent? If you've ever wanted to know the answer to any of these questions, I have good news: Scientific literature can help you find it. If you want to be a doctor, a scientist, or just someone who can put their money where their mouth is, you'll need to learn how to think and read like a scientist. And understanding how to read scientific literature is the key to doing so. NOTE: This class is especially for anyone with an interest in biology as that is my chosen field - some of our discussion will revolve around neuroscience and microbiology techniques and data. We're gonna go through a crash course with topics that include how research studies are designed, how to read a scientific article, and what some methods are that scientists use.


This is Your Brain on Drugs in Splash Spring 2018
AKA: Neuropsychopharmacology We're going to cover and discuss a variety of potential topics relating to drugs (illicit and prescription) - their effects on behavior, their action in the brain, and even societal implications agents can have. If there are any questions you might have in particular, feel free to write them down on a 3x5 card and bring it with you! I keep about a third of the class open for questions.


Psychiatric and Neurological Disorder in Splash Spring 2018
We're going to cover a variety of topics related to both psychiatric and neurological disorder. Potential topics may include: History of abnormal psychology (Hint: demons and drilling holes in heads) What is schizophrenia and why does it happen? Tasting sounds and hearing color Why do amputees feel pain in limbs that aren't there? Dissociative identity disorder: Having multiple personalities at once Phineas Gage and HM (Or: How to survive a rod through the brain and how to remember when you forget everything)


This is Your Brain on Drugs in Splash Waterfall 2017
AKA: Psychopharmacology We're going to cover and discuss a variety of potential topics relating to drugs (illicit and prescription) - their effects on behavior, their action in the brain, and even societal implications agents can have. If there are any questions you might have in particular, feel free to write them down on a 3x5 card and bring it with you!