2010 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Psychology
Supported by: Dr. Richard and Linda Kelley
Mentor: Kiki Chang, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Erica Sanders is a senior at Stanford University, majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. She is the Director of Student Affairs of the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Association and thinks psychology (particularly cognitive psychology and emotion regulation) is fascinating! This summer, Erica is exploring her interest in emotion through the Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Program, looking at the volumes of amygdalae and hippocampi in bipolar, prodromal, and healthy control populations. She hopes to learn how to trace these structures in MRI images and to find out how the sizes of amygdalae and hippocampi compare in the three populations previously mentioned.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 25, 2010:

Amygdalar and Hippocampal Volumes of Children and Adolescents at High Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Erica Marie Sanders, B.A.; R. Kelley, B.S.; L. Bararpour, B.S.; A. Garrett, Ph.D.; M. Howe, M.S.W.; K. Chang, M.D.; A. Reiss, M.D.
[Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research, Division of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine]