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Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience (206-0-20)


Joseph Andrew Miri

Meeting Info

Tech Institute Lecture Room 4: Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00AM - 10:50AM

Overview of class

This course explores current understanding of the organization and function of neural systems (visual, auditory, motor, etc.) within the mammalian nervous system. Topics will include basic neuroanatomy, sensory processing, motor control, and higher cognitive functions including memory and language. Time will be devoted to presentation of essential knowledge from each area as well as to a discussion of key experiments that have contributed to our understanding. Readings will include research articles to help build skills for learning from primary literature. As an aid to the comprehension of relationships between structure and function in the central nervous system, sheep brain dissections will be performed.

Registration Requirements

Prerequisite: NEUROSCI 202-0 or NEUROSCI 311-0 or BIOL_SCI 302-0.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course, you will further your knowledge of
The basic organization of the central nervous system, and its component systems
How those component systems perform their functions
The scientific basis of our understanding of these systems
The methods used to study neural systems
This core knowledge will provide a foundation for advanced coursework that delves more deeply into specific topics.

Teaching Method

Lectures; discussion of research articles.

Evaluation Method

Two midterm exams, final exam.

Class Materials (Required)

Neuroscience, 6th Edition by Dale Purves et al.
ISBN -13: 978-1605353807, ISBN-10:1605353809 cost new $135.95

Class Materials (Suggested)


Class Notes

Prerequisite: Students must have completed NEUROSCI 202-0 or NEUROSCI 311-0 or BIOL_SCI 302-0 to register for this course. Registration for this course will open up to non-majors at the end of registration week. Beginning November 18, 2022, registration will be open to students who are non-majors for winter term 2023 provided there is room in the class.

Class Attributes

Natural Sciences Distro Area