Preliminary Biology 465/565 Neurophysiology Lecture Schedule - Spring 2001

IMPORTANT NOTE: the topics in the last parf of the course (roughly L17 onward) will be determined by student interest and likely will differ significantly from listed topics.Also, each subject will focus on the neurobiology & neurophysiology of the larger subject.For example, a discussion of drugs of addiction will focus on drug action at the cellular level and consequences within so-called 'pleasure centers' of the brain, not behavior.

 

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L01†††††††††††††††††† Course introduction - History of Neurophysiology

L02†††††††††††††††††† Intro to the nervous system - The Search for Mind

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PART I: COMPONENTS OF MIND - The Neuron††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††

L03†††††††††††††††††† Ionchannels and resting potentials

L04†††††††††††††††††† Ionchannels and resting potentials

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L05†††††††††††††††††† Graded potentials††††††

L06†††††††††††††††††† Action potentials,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

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L07†††††††††††††††††† Voltage clamps and patch clamps

L08†††††††††††††††††† Synaptic transmission between neurons†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Submit practice exam questions††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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L09†††††††††††††††††† Neurotransmitters and second messengers†††

PART II: DEVELOPMENT AND ORGANIZATION OF THE BRAIN

L10†††††††††††††††††† Cues for brain development†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Submit questions for Exam 1

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L11†††††††††††††††††† Sensory deprivation experiments - altering development††† †††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

L12†††††††††††††††††† Evaluate Exam 1

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L13†††††††††††††††††† Stem cells and the usefulness of developmental pathways††

L14†††††††††††††††††† The Peripheral Nervous System - general structures and functions†††††

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PART III: THE FUNCTIONING BRAIN and MIND

L15†††††††††††††††††† The Central Nervous System - general structures and functions†††††††††††††††††††††

L16†††††††††††††††††† The Central Nervous System - Motor Cortex and Pre-Motor Cortex

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L17†††††††††††††††††† Signalling within the cortex:EEGís and epilepsy

L18†††††††††††††††††† Learning and memory - simple systems††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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L19†††††† †††††††††† Learning and memory - mammalian brains††

L20†††††††††††††††††† Sleep and dreams†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

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L21†††††††††††††††††† Language††††††† ††††††††††† †††††††††††

L22†††††††††††††††††† Emotions and the limbic system†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Submit questions for Exam 2

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PART IV: DISORDERS OF THE MIND

L23†††††††††††††††††† Mania and depression

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L24†††††††††††††††††† Evaluate Exam 2†††††††††

L25†††††††††††††††††† Neurophysiology of addiction††††††††††††††††††††††††

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L26†††††††††††††††††† The Aging Mind - Alzheimerís and Parkinsonís Disease†††††

PART V: VARIATIONS OF MIND

L27†††††††††††††††††† Male/female differences in brain and mind; the homosexual mind?††††††††††††

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L28†††††††††††††††††† last class - Submit final exam questions to be discussed in class†††††

L29†††††††††††††††††† Final Exam will be ready by 5 pm†††††††††††††††††

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Final exam time†††††††††††††††††††††† Evaluate Final Exam 1:00pm - 3:30pm