9.14 Brain Structure and Its Origins, Spring 2009
Author(s)Schneider, Gerald E.
Brain Structure and Its Origins
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Outline of mammalian functional neuroanatomy, aided by studies of comparative neuroanatomy and evolution, and of brain development. Topics include early steps to a central nervous system, basic patterns of brain and spinal cord connections, regional development and differentiation, regeneration, motor and sensory pathways and structures, systems underlying motivations, innate action patterns, formation of habits, and various cognitive functions. Lab techniques reviewed. Optional brain dissections.
CNS structures, development, plasticity, anatomy, tissue culture, embryogenesis, PNS anatomy and development, process outgrowth, synaptogenesis, growth factors, cell survival, spinal and hindbrain anatomy, comparative anatomy, CNS evolution, trigeminal system, retinotectal system, development, plasticity, regeneration, neocortex anatomy, olfactory system, corpus striatum, brain transplants, limbic system