9.01 Introduction to Neuroscience, Fall 2004
Author(s)Bear, Mark F.; Seung, H. Sebastian
Introduction to Neuroscience
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Relation of structure and function at various levels of neuronal integration. Topics include: functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, sensory and motor systems, centrally programmed behavior, sensory systems, sleep and dreaming, motivation and reward, emotional displays of various types, "higher functions" and the neocortex, and neural processes in learning and memory. In order to improve writing skills in describing experiments and critiquing published research in neuroscience, students are required to complete four homework assignments and one literature review with revision. From the course home page: Course Description This course begins with the study of nerve cells which includes their structure, the propagation of nerve impulses and transfer of information between nerve cells, the effect of drugs on this process, and the development of nerve cells into the brain and spinal cord. Next, sensory systems such as hearing, vision and touch are covered as well as a discussion on how physical energy such as light is converted into neural signals, where these signals travel in the brain and how they are processed. Other topics include the control of voluntary movement, the neurochemical bases of brain diseases, and those systems which control sleep and consciousness, learning and memory.
neuroscience, vision, hearing, neuroanatomy, color vision, blind spot, retinal phototransduction, center-surround receptive fields, corticalmaps, primary visual cortex, simple cells, complex cells, extrastriate cortex, ear, cochlea, basilar membrane, auditory transduction, hair cells, phase-locking, tonotopy, sound localization, auditory cortex, somatosensory system, motor system, synaptic transmission, action potential, sympathetic neurons, parasympathetic neurons, cellual neurophysiology, learning, memory