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Barnes, Steven

Core Area(s): Learning Enhancement, Learning Enhancement

Biographical Sketch & Research Interests
Psychological Disorders (especially Bipolar Disorder), Epilepsy, Long Term Potentiation and Metaplasticity, New Media and other Artistic Practices, Artist-Scientist Collaborations, Teaching of Psychology, Science Writing (Please note: As teaching-track faculty, I do not supervise graduate students.).

Courses Taught
Psyc 360 Biopsychology
Psyc 304 Brain & Behaviour
Psyc 101 Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
Psyc 102 Introduction to Developmental, Social, Personality, and Clinical Psychology
Psyc 366 Methods in Research

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Winter Term 1 2013 PSYC 304 - 001 Brain and Behavior

Representative Publications
Barnes, S. J.*, Thoralf, O.*, Merkens, M., Kelly, T., von der Brelie, C., Krüppel, R., & Beck, H. (2010). Stable mossy fiber long-term potentiation requires calcium influx at the granule cell soma, protein synthesis and microtubule-dependent axonal transport. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(39):12996 –13004. *these authors contributed equally

Castellanos, C. & Barnes, S. J. (2012). Biopoiesis. Leonardo, 45, 382-383.

Barnes, S. & Castellanos, C. (2012). (Re)Structuring Innovation: Community-Based Wet Labs for Art-Science Collaborations. Invited White Paper for the Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design (SEAD) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF)

Bogart, B., Pasquier, P., & Barnes, S. J. (2013). An Integrative Theory of Visual Mentation and Spontaneous Creativity. ACM Creativity & Cognition, in press.

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