Sarah Olshan

Student NameSarah Olshan
Faculty Mentor NameJohn Williamson
CollegeCollege of Medicine
MajorPsychology with Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Research InterestsNeuroimaging, Affective Neuroscience, Emotional Processing, Cognitive Function
Academic AwardsFlorida Bright Futures Academic Scholar
President’s HonorRoll- Spring 2018, Summer 2019, Fall 2019
Carol B. Currier Dean’s Office Scholarship- Fall 2019
Dean’s list – Fall 2020
University Scholar- 2020

OrganizationsCURBS Ambassador, Peer Advisor
Society for Neuroscience, Volunteer
Children’s Brain Trust, Volunteer
Hobbies and InterestsSpinning rifle, rock climbing, traveling!

Research Project

N-acetylaspartate (NAA) Prediction of Brain Activity in Response to Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation in Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment?

The current study is designed to investigate the relationship of a metabolite associated with neuronal integrity, NAA, to functional activity differences in response to tVNS in key brain networks known to decline with AD progression. Though it is likely that tVNS may affect the function of brain networks important in MCI, it is unknown to what extent brain deterioration may moderate/mediate the ability of tVNS to affect a useful change. Thus, in this study, we will determine to what extent neuronal integrity modifies the brain’s response to tVNS.