The course's objective is to present a broad introduction to the structure and function of the vertebrate nervous system. Special emphasis is placed in establishing a clear connection between experimental research and the formulation of key concepts of modern neuroscience.
This course discusses the vertebrate nervous system from the cellular to systems levels. Topics range from the molecular basis of electrical excitability in neurons to the transfer of information across synapses, mechanisms of sensation,learning, memory, and behavior. 6 Credits.
Biology 123 and 124.
Time and Place:
M-W. 9:50 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. F. 9:40AM 10:40 a.m. Olin 02
Rules of Engagement:
Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays: 11:10-12:20 p.m. Fridays 12:20-1:00 p.m. If you want to discuss science, particularly in relation to the course, this is the preferred time. Barring a major calamity, I will strictly honor office hours.
Outside office hours: If you come by my office and my door is open, come in and sit down. I will be happy to talk with you. If I am in the laboratory, come and join me. I will remind you of the etymological origin of the word and might put you to work on the spot. No task is considered too humble. I will be happy to discuss any matter, including my research. If my door is half-open, feel free to come in and make an appointment for a later time. If my door is closed please do not come in, unless you have a very serious matter to discuss. I am trying to devote Thursdays to research in the laboratory. Please make Thursdays your last option.
Neuroscience, by Bear, Connors and Paradiso. A substantial fraction of the text is assigned for reading. Active participation, which is expected, requires that you complete your reading assignments before class.