NEUROSCIENCE N623
Systems Neuroscience
Fall 2008

Time: Mon, Fri at 10:00-11:30AM,
Wed at 12:00-1:30pm
Room: WH 3109
Text: Kandel, Schwartz, and Jessell, 4th Edition
Course Directors: Daniel Ts'o, x4-5531, tsod@upstate.edu
Frank Middleton, x4-7721, middletf@upstate.edu

* Scheduling exception, reconfirm time and place
# Additional introductory readings assigned, see relevant reading list

Week Chapters Topic

1 Aug 25 1,17-21 Neural Basis of Cognition (Tso)
Aug 27 # Introduction to Neocortex (Tso)
Aug 29 26 Vision, retina (Solessio)
2 Sep 1 Labor Day
Sep 3 Retina papers (Solessio)
Sep 5 Retina papers (Solessio)
3 Sep 8 20-23 Somatosensory system (Youngentob)
Sep 10 Somatosensory papers, transduction and encoding (Youngentob)
Sep 12 Somatosensory papers, central processing (Youngentob)
4 Sep 15 27 # Central visual pathways (Tso)
Sep 17 Central vision papers (Tso)
Sep 19 Central vision papers (Tso)
5 Sep 22 28, 29 # Perception of motion, depth, color and form (Tso & Motter)
Sep 24 Visual Submodalities papers (Tso & Motter)
Sep 26 Visual Submodalities papers (Tso & Motter)
Think about mid-course paper topic
6 Sep 29 39, 40 Oculomotor and Vestibular system (Middleton)
Oct 1 Oculomotor and Vestibular Papers (Middleton)
Oct 3 Oculomotor and Vestibular Papers (Middleton)
7 Oct 6 25 # Attention (Motter)
Oct 8 Attention Papers (Motter)
Oct 10 30, 31 Hearing, transduction to 8th nerve encoding (Youngentob) (Youngentob)
8 Oct 13 Columbus Day
Oct 15 Early audition papers (Youngentob)
Oct 17 30 # Central audition and Auditory Psychophysics Demos (Tso)
Choose mid-course paper
9 Oct 20 Central audition papers (Tso)
Oct 22 32 Smell & Taste (Youngentob)
Oct 24 Chemical senses papers (Youngentob)
10 Oct 27 Chemical senses papers (Youngentob)
Mid-semester exam distributed
Oct 30 Mid-semester exam due at 3:30pm
Oct 31 33, 34, 36, 37 Sensory/Motor integration, Motor Unit,
Reflexes, Locomotion
(Durkovic)
11 Nov 3 Motor System papers (Durkovic)
Nov 4 Motor system demo (Calancie)
1pm, 1st floor, Room 1213, IHP
Nov 5 Motor System papers (Durkovic)
Nov 7 38 Central Control of Movement and Motor Papers I (Middleton)
12 Nov 10 Central Motor Papers II (Middleton)
Nov 12 41, 42 # Cerebellum and Cerebellum Papers I (Middleton)
Nov 14 Cerebellum Papers II (Middleton)
13 Nov 17 43 # Basal Ganglia and Basal Ganglia Papers I (Middleton)
Nov 19 Basal Ganglia Papers II (Middleton)
Nov 21 24, 49 # Limbic System Overview (Vogt)
14 Nov 24 Pain, Autonomic & Limbic System Interactions (Vogt)
Nov 25 Mid-course paper due at 3:30pm
Nov 26 Brief (10-15min) presentations of mid-course papers
Nov 28 Thanksgiving Holiday
15 Dec 1 20 # Functional Imaging (Tso)
Dec 3 fMRI demonstration of working memory (Kates)
(1:15pm at 1st floor of IHP, Classroom A)
Dec 4 FMRI and Lesions: When things go wrong (Tso)
(10am, WH 3109)
Dec 5 62 Learning, memory: Cellular mechanisms (Middleton)
16 Dec 8 63 Learning, memory: Cellular mechanisms papers (Middleton)
Dec 9 Central learning and memory papers (Middleton)
(10am, WH 3109)
Dec 12 Central learning and memory papers (Middleton)
17 Dec 15 56 # Sensory experience, plasticity and reorganization papers (Tso)
Dec 17 Sensory experience, plasticity and reorganization papers (Tso)
Final exam distributed
Dec 22 Final exam due by 3:30pm in the Neuroscience Office.

 

  • Nobel Laureates in the Neurosciences, lectures and bio's.
  • A timeline of the History of Neuroscience.

  • Mid-course paper assignment (due November 25 at 3:30pm in the Neuroscience Office).

  • The mid-semester exam will be a take-home exam, distributed on Monday, October 27, due no later than Thursday, October 30, 3:30pm in the Neuroscience Office.
  • The final exam will be a take-home exam, distributed on Wednesday, December 17, due no later than Monday, December 22, 3:30pm in the Neuroscience Office.

  • Tips for effective paper presentations

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