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LAUREN MACLACHLAN, Neuroscientist who gets paid to watch people sleep




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College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hey team!

Happy to get to teach all of you; my name is Lauren! By education, I'm a neuroscientist, and by occupation, I am a sleep researcher who administers polysomnographs overnight. I'm from the South Jersey area originally but I've spent my adulthood in Boston.

I've been involved in Splash from all angles for a decade now - whether that being learning neuroscience myself as a student at Princeton, volunteering to help at Stanford, teaching at MIT, directing the event at Northeastern, or running conferences and online meetings for those who love Splash all across the country to get to know each other and help better our programs for you!

My favorite things to teach about are circadian rhythms, psychotropic drugs, and game shows!



Past Classes

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S772: Disability - Neurodiversity - Superpower: A Neuroscientific Examination in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14 - 15, 2021)
In this class, we'll consider a number of neuropsychiatric conditions across contexts of advantages and disadvantages in function. We'll learn what biology we can about these conditions through neuroscience and genetics, and we'll bring that understanding to light when examining behavior and society. Some focuses will include: Models of disability, neurodevelopmental conditions like ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM-defined personality disorders like Borderline Personality Disorder, the relationship of mood and schizophrenia spectrum disorders and creativity, intrinsic circadian rhythm disorders like Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder, and some additional considerations like synesthesia or Congenital Insensitivity to Pain.


S826: All About Alcohol: Neuroscience, Genetics, and Society in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14 - 15, 2021)
Let's take a deep dive into one of our society's most ubiquitously used and abused psychotropic agents. The scope of this class is going to range from the microscopic to the societal: Among other topics, we'll talk GABA receptors, genes like the hilariously named *cheapdate* in fruit flies, and genes that less hilariously have a lot to do with clinical anxiety presentations. We'll talk about drugs that are used to help treat addiction to other drugs, and we'll examine some statistics and culture in the context of one of few widely legal drugs of abuse.


S827: I'm Not a Morning Person: Chronobiology in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14 - 15, 2021)
Circadian rhythms - everyone has one, right? Turns out that some people have rhythms that make them woefully nocturnal (hi), while some people would be better suited for life on another planet. This class is for anyone who HATES waking up early, anyone who's ever felt like they got run over by a bus after hopping some time zones, or anyone who is interested in why exactly the number "24" isn't just a social 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.


S828: Psychiatric and Neurological Disorder in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14 - 15, 2021)
"Multiple personalities," hearing color, surviving a rod being blasted through your brain, and more - welcome to a whirlwind tour of neuroscience and abnormal psychology through the things that go wrong.


S669: I'm Not a Morning Person: Chronobiology in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
Circadian rhythms - everyone has one, right? Turns out that some people have rhythms that make them woefully nocturnal (hi), while some people would be better suited for life on another planet. This class is for anyone who HATES waking up early, anyone who's ever felt like they got run over by a bus after hopping some time zones, or anyone who is interested in why exactly the number "24" isn't just a social 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.


S670: Psychiatric and Neurological Disorder in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
"Multiple personalities," hearing color, surviving a rod being blasted through your brain, and more - welcome to a whirlwind tour of neuroscience and abnormal psychology through the things that go wrong.


S671: This is Your Brain on Drugs: Neuopsychopharmacology in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
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 many of the societal implications of these agents' use and abuse. If there are any questions you might have in particular, feel free to ask! I keep about a third of the class open for questions.


S672: All About Alcohol: Neuroscience, Genetics, and Society in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
Let's take a deep dive into one of our society's most ubiquitously used and abused psychotropic agents. The scope of this class is going to range from the microscopic to the societal: Among other topics, we'll talk GABA receptors, genes like the hilariously named *cheapdate* in fruit flies, and genes that less hilariously have a lot to do with clinical anxiety presentations. We'll talk about drugs that are used to help treat addiction to other drugs, and we'll examine some statistics and culture in the context of one of few widely legal drugs of abuse.


S674: Disability - Neurodiversity - Superpower: A Neuroscientific Examination in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
In this class, we'll consider a number of neuropsychiatric conditions across contexts of advantages and disadvantages in function. We'll learn what biology we can about these conditions through neuroscience and genetics, and we'll bring that understanding to light when examining behavior and society. Some focuses will include: Models of disability, neurodevelopmental conditions like ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM-defined personality disorders like Borderline Personality Disorder, the relationship of mood and schizophrenia spectrum disorders and creativity, intrinsic circadian rhythm disorders like Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder, and some additional considerations like synesthesia or Congenital Insensitivity to Pain.


S530: I'm Not a Morning Person: Chronobiology in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
Circadian rhythms - everyone has one, right? Turns out that some people have rhythms that make them woefully nocturnal (hi), while some people would be better suited for life on another planet. This class is for anyone who HATES waking up early, anyone who's ever felt like they got run over by a bus after hopping some time zones, or anyone who is interested in why exactly the number "24" isn't just a social 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.


S531: Psychiatric and Neurological Disorder in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
"Multiple personalities," hearing color, surviving a rod being blasted through your brain, and more - welcome to a whirlwind tour of neuroscience and abnormal psychology through the things that go wrong.


S532: This is Your Brain on Drugs: Neuopsychopharmacology in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
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 many of the societal implications of these agents' use and abuse. If there are any questions you might have in particular, feel free to ask! I keep about a third of the class open for questions.


X533: A Splash-tacular Game Show in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
Since I've been little, I've cherished plopping myself on the couch and cranking through some episodes of my favorite game and competition shows. But it's time I turn the tables. And so I have now devised my own game show - there'll be teams, there'll be challenges, and there may even be prizes. But I need the contestants, which is where you, my young Splasher, come into play. Whatever your thing is - solving puzzles, thinking outside the box, competitive drive... Game on. Featuring challenges inspired by Chain Reaction, Only Connect, and more!