Sean Turner, B.S, B.A.

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Biography

Sean Turner is a first-year graduate student at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. Sean is on the Neuropsychology track under the mentorship of Dr. Russell Bauer. Sean graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2016 with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy. While an undergraduate student, Sean served as a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Sara Burke where he conducted research in translational models of cognitive decline in aging. Upon graduating, Sean became a full-time research technician in Dr. Burke’s Lab, allowing him to continue investigating the neurobiological basis of age-related cognitive decline, including deficits in object discrimination.

Clinical and Research Focus

Sean’s research interests lie in elucidating cognitive and functional changes that occur across the lifespan and in the presence of neurodegenerative disease (e.g. Alzheimer’s Disease). Additionally, he hopes to continue involvement in complementary research using translational models of aging to inform distinctions between normative and pathological aging processes. Sean also looks forward to gaining firsthand experience of the symptomatology of such declines in the clinical context to further inform an integrative research approach.

Publications

  1. Johnson SA, Turner SM, Santacroce LA, Carty KN, Shafiq L, Bizon JL, Maurer AP, Burke SN. (2017) Age-related impairments in discriminating perceptually similar objects parallel those observed in humans. Hippocampus. doi: 10.1002/hipo.22729
  2. Johnson SA, Sacks PK, Turner SM, Gaynor LS, Ormerod BK, Maurer AP, Bizon JL, Burke SN. (2016) Discrimination performance in aging is vulnerable to interference and dissociable from spatial memory. Learning & Memory. doi: 10.1101/lm.042069.116
  3. Hernandez AR, Maurer AP, Reasor J, Turner S, Barthle SE, Johnson SA, Burke SN. (2015) Age-related impairments in object-place associations are not due to hippocampal dysfunction. Behavioral Neuroscience. 5: 599-610 doi: 10.1037/bne0000093

Published Abstracts

  1. Turner SM, Gaynor LS, Ellison CE, Dunn CB, Janus C, Bauer RM. Qualitative measurement of spatial navigation task reveals reduced allocentric search strategy use in normal and abnormal aging. San Diego, CA: American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, June 2018. (poster)
  2. Gaynor LS; Turner SM; Curiel R; Penate A; Wicklund M; Loewenstein DA; Bauer RM. Translational object discrimination task and Florbetaben regional amyloid uptake improve prediction of early cognitive impairment related to Alzheimer’s disease. San Diego, CA: American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, June 2018. (poster)
  3. Turner SM, Colon-Perez LM, Lubke KN, Burke SN, Febo M. Translational cognitive training paradigm elicits persistent functional connectivity changes in aged animals. Washington, DC: International Neuropsychological Society, February 2018. (poster)
  4. Svingos AM, Turner SM, Greif SM, Turner EM, Moore MW, Bailey BA, Heaton SC. Pediatric Anti-N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor Encephalitis: Aftermath of a Brain on Fire. Washington, DC: International Neuropsychological Society, February 2018. (poster)
  5. Colon-Perez LM, Turner SM, Lubke KN, Burke SN, Febo M. Connectivity changes after cognitive training in young and aged rats. Abstract number: 2017-S-9033-SfN, Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, November 2017. (poster)
  6. Johnson SA, Turner SM, Fertal KE, Santacroce LA, Bizon JL, Maurer AP, Burke SN. Role of CA3 and dentate gyrus in the discrimination of perceptually similar objects depends on novelty of stimuli. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, November 2017. (poster)
  7. Turner SM, Santacroce LA, Johnson SA, Maurer AP, Burke SN. A rodent model of medial temporal lobe-dependent discrimination deficits in the elderly. Abstract number: 2016-S-7393-SfN, San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, November 2016. (poster)
  8. Reasor JE, Hernandez AR, Turner SM, Barthle SE, Johnson SA, Maurer AP, Burke SN. Age-related impairments in object-place associations signify a decline in systems-level neural communication. Abstract number: 2015-S-12824-SfN, Chicago, IL: Society for Neuroscience, October 2015. (poster)
  9. Hernandez AR, Reasor JE, Turner SM, Barthle SE, Johnson SA, Bizon JL, Maurer AP, Burke SN. Object-place paired associations require interactions between prefrontal and perirhinal cortices. Abstract number: 2015-S-12325-SfN, Chicago, IL: Society for Neuroscience, October 2015. (poster)
  10. Topper N, Ndum R, Hernandez AR, Johnson SA, Reasor JE, Mizell JM, Turner SM, Maurer AP, Burke SN. An open-source software suite for collecting and analyzing spontaneous object recognition data. Abstract number: 2015-S-11983-SfN, Chicago, IL: Society for Neuroscience, October 2015. (poster)
  11. Johnson SA, Gaynor LS, Sacks PK, Turner SM, Yoder WM, Ormerod BK, Maurer AP, Bizon JL, Burke SN. Age-related decline of spatial discrimination performance based on difficulty may reflect pattern separation deficits. Abstract number: 2015-S-9164-SfN, Chicago, IL: Society for Neuroscience, October 2015. (poster) 

 Presentations – International/National

  1. Turner SM, Santacroce LA, Johnson SA, Maurer AP, Burke SN. A rodent model of medial temporal lobe-dependent discrimination deficits in the elderly. Abstract number: 13, Washington, DC: Council on Undergraduate Research 20th Annual Posters on the Hill, April 2016. (poster)
  2. Turner, SM., Johnson, SA., Barthle, SE., Maurer, AP., Burke, SN. Age-related decline of performance on visual object discrimination tasks depends on the difficulty of the discrimination. Abstract number 126, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, Chicago IL, October 2015. (poster)

Presentations – Regional/Institutional

  1. Turner SM. Hippocampal contributions to object discrimination are experience-dependent. 7th Annual Conference of the North Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Gainesville FL, March 2017 (data blitz)
  2. Turner SM, Santacroce LA, Johnson SA, Maurer AP, Burke SN. Age-related impairments in discriminating perceptually similar objects parallel those observed in humans and may be mediated by the hippocampus. 7th Annual Conference of the North Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Gainesville FL, March 2017 (poster)
  3. Turner SM, Santacroce LA, Johnson SA, Maurer AP, Burke SN. A rodent model of age-related cognitive decline mediated by the medial temporal lobe. UF Psychology Department Undergraduate Research Fair, Gainesville FL, April 2016 (poster)
  4. Turner SM, Santacroce LA, Johnson SA, Maurer AP, Burke SN. A rodent model of medial temporal lobe-dependent discrimination deficits in the elderly. UF Center for Undergraduate Research Symposium, Gainesville FL, March 2016. (poster)
  5. Turner SM, Johnson SA, Maurer AP, Burke SN. A rodent model of medial temporal lobe-dependent discrimination deficits in the elderly. 6th Annual Conference of the North Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Gainesville FL, March 2016 (poster)
  6. Gaynor L, Johnson SA, Sacks P, Turner SM, Yoder WM, Bizon JL, Maurer AP, Burke SN. Perceptual discrimination deficits underlying age-related cognitive impairment. 5th Annual Conference of the North Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Gainesville FL, March 2015 (poster)