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N164: Functional Neuroanatomy

N164: Functional Neuroanatomy is taught in Winter Quarter by Professor Georg Striedter.

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Dr. Georg Striedter

This is an advanced course on nervous system structure and function. Its focus is on principles of nervous system organization, asking not only how the nervous system is built and how it works, but also why it is organized as it is.  To answer these “why questions” we will often ask what problems organisms face and how the nervous system helps to solve these problems.  The course will also challenge the traditional view of brains as being divisible into sensory and motor side, with cognitive functions interposed. The most unusual aspect of this class is that you have to do the assigned readings (from an intro neurobiology book that Dr. Striedter is currently finishing) ahead of class. During the class periods, Dr. Striedter will answer questions you may have on the readings, give mini-lectures on selected sub-topics, show related videos, and lead class discussion. However, for this class to be a positive experience for you, you’ll have to do the readings ahead of time (at least most of the time).

 

Sample Syllabus:

Introductions
Functional Organization of the Brain – Ch1: 1.3-1.6 (pp. 13-23)
Computing with Neurons – Ch 2: 2.4 & 2.5 (pp. 20-30)
Brain Protection, pt 1 – Ch 4: 4.1 & 4.2 (pp. 1-8)
Brain Protection, pt 2 – Ch 4: 4.3 & 4.4 (pp. 9-18)
Brain Maintenance – Ch 4: 4.5 & 4.6 (pp. 18-24) Box 4.3
Regulating Bodily Functions, pt 1 – Ch 7: 7.1-7.3.3 (pp. 1-15)
Regulating Bodily Functions, pt 2 – Ch 7: 7.4-7.6 (pp. 18-31) & Box 7.2
Midterm I
Motor Reflexes – Ch 8: 8.1-8.3.2 (pp. 1-9)
Locomotion & Motor Cortex – Ch 8: 8.3.3-8.5 (pp.10-26)
Cerebellum – Ch 8: 8.6-8.7 (pp. 27-33)
Localizing Stimuli – Ch 9: 9.1 (pp. 1-11)
Orienting – Ch 9: 9.2-9.5 (pp. 11-21)
Navigation – Ch 9: 9.6-9.7 (pp. 21-27)
Identifying Stimuli, pt. 1 – Ch 10: 10.10-10.2.3 (pp. 1-12)
Identifying Stimuli, pt. 2 – Ch 10: 10.2.4 – 10.2.5 & 10.5 (pp. 13-17 & 27-29)
Identifying Stimuli, pt 3 – Ch 10: 10.2.6-10.4 (pp. 17-26)
Midterm II
Attention – Ch11: 11.1 (pp. 1-9)
Arousal & Sleep – Ch 11: 11.2-11.5 (pp. 9-23)
Remembering, pt 1 – Ch12: 12.1-12.5 (pp. 1-14)
Remembering, pt 2 – Ch12: 12.6-12.9 (pp.14-24)
Selecting Actions & Goals, pt 1 – Ch13: 13.1-13.2 (pp. 1-10) Box 13.1
Selecting Actions & Goals, pt 2 – Ch13: 13.3-13.4 (pp. 11-16)
Prefrontal Cortex – Ch13: 13.5-13.6 (pp. 16-25)
Brain Evolution – Ch14: 14.1-14.3 (pp. 1-9)
Sex & Individual Differences – Ch14: 14.4 – 14.6 (pp. 9-18)
Final Exam 1:30-3:30