Laura Cyckowski's profile
lcyckows [at] brynmawr [dot] edu
Listed here are materials and models found throughout Serendip that I've developed and/or collaborated on.
All models on the pages linked to the left were created with NetLogo.
|Exploring Mental Health|
|A collection of materials and resources aimed to promote "productive interaction among people from diverse perspectives... and continual exploration of issues relating to mental health and broader issues relating to body/brain/mind/self..."; Organized around four topics: From The Inside, Neurobiology, Culture and Behavior, and Intersections.|
|Models of Mental Health|
|Models of Mental Health: A Critique and Prospectus - A collection of essays exploring the ways mental health and illness has been and could be better understood.|
|The Three Doors of Serendip|
|Making Sense of Understanding - An exhibit and models exploring unconscious/intuitive, conscious/observational, and concious/rational types of understanding through the Three Door Problem.|
|Emergence in Ant Colonies|
|Ant Colonies: Social Organization Without a Director? - An exhibit and set of models exploring the emergence of social behavior and organization in colonies of ants.|
|Deterministic and Non-deterministic Emergence|
|Ways of Making Sense of the World: From Primal Patterns to Deterministic and Non-deterministic Emergence - An exhibit and models using cellular automata to explore emergent behavior and, more broadly, different approaches to inquiry.|
|Hofstadter's Road Sign
|"Reality": Construction, Deconstruction, and Reconstruction - An exhibit and associated model exploring how the brain constructs perceptions.|
|Chance in Life and the World - An exhibit and model examining chance, randomness, and statistical regularities.|
|"Reality"?: Construction, Deconstruction, and Reconstruction|
|A collection of exhibits involving perception, reality, and visual processing, including: Contrast/Color "Illusions", Spiral Illusion, Ball and Shadow Illusion, Figure Ground Reversal, Presumptions Underlying Contrast Illusions.|
|Diffusion (in progress)|
|From Random Motion to Order: Diffusion and Some of its Implications - An exhibit and model exploring diffusion.|
|Imaging Similarities and Differences Among Brains
|A look at the similarities in differences between individual brains as revealed by magnetic resonance and diffusion tensor imaging. Created for Bio 202 at Bryn Mawr College.
Ashtari M, Cyckowski LL, Monroe JF, Marshall KA, Chung DC, Auricchio A, Simonelli F, LeRoy BP, Maguire AM, Shindler KA, Bennett J. The human visual cortex responds to gene therapy-mediated recovery of retinal function. The Journal of Clinical Investigation, 121(6):2160–2168. doi:10.1172/JCI57377.
Ashtari M and Cyckowski L (2011) Brain development during adolescence, in Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease, in press. Springer: London.
Ashtari M and Cyckowski L (2011) Vulnerability of adolescent brain growth to cannabis, in Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease, in press. Springer: London.
Cyckowski L, Ashtari M, Marshall K, Maguire A, Shindler K, Bennett J. Lack of cross-modal plasticity in Leber’s congenital amaurosis patients receiving gene therapy. Human Brain Mapping, 2011: Quebec City, Canada. No. 4846.
Brain Injury and Mental Health - Notes from a talk
What does reality look like?: Variations in Perception and their Significance - An essay, July 2009.
Current Materials relating to Mental Health - A listing of external web articles relating to mental health; updated regularly.
Mental Health and the Brain Working Group - A discussion group (spring/summer 2009) revolving around the brain and it's implications for mental health, and vice versa. Includes summaries of conversations and on-line forums.
Coordination without a leader: flocking - An exploration of a model of flocking behavior in birds.
Synesthesia and Perception: The Brain Constructing the World - A collaboration between Serendip and Painted Bride Art Center, associated with the Synesthesia exhibit; a virtual art exhibit with complementary Serendip materials.
Exploring Disability: Images and Thoughts - An exhibit showcasing the digital artwork of David Alan Feingold.
Making Sense of Depression - A synthesis of materials to understand depression from a variety of perspectives.
A Coldness and Desertion of the Spirit - David Hume's Letter to a Physician, which describes his experience of depression.
Exploring Mental Health: A Working Group - Archives/links from the 2007 discussion group.
Individuals and Culture - An organization of materials exploring the relationships between individuals and their culture.
Introduction to NetLogo - A brief tutorial for K-12 science teachers on using NetLogo to create educational materials.