Nobel of the Week

  • 2021 - David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian "for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch".
  • Press release of Nobel 2021 prizes.
  • PNAS profiles of Julius and Patapoutian.
  • Video of Patapoutian Nobel lecture

    Introductory Readings for discussion on November 3.

  • Kandel, Schwartz, Jessell, Chapters 21-23.

    Original Literature Readings for discussion on November 6.

  • Bolanowski SJ, Gescheider GA, Verrillo RT, Checkosky CM (1988) Four channels mediate the mechanical aspects of touch. J. Acoustic Soc. America 844: 1680-1694
  • Valbo, AB (1995) Single-afferent neurons and somatic sensation in humans. The Cognitive Neurosciences pg: 237-252. Gazzaniga (ed), MIT Press.
  • Gescheider, GA, Bolanowski, SJ, Verillo, RT (2003) Some characteristics of tactile channels. Behavioural Brain Research 148: 35-40.

    Original Literature Readings for November 8.

  • Mountcastle VB, Davies PW, Berman AI (1957) Response properties of neurons of cats somatic sensory cortex to peripheral stimuli. J. Neurophysiology 20:376-407.
  • Mountcastle VB (1957) Modality and topographic properties of single neurons of cats somatic sensory cortex. J. Neurophysiology 20:408-434.
  • Kaas, JH, Nelson, RJ, Sur, M, Lin, C, & Merzenich, MM (1979) Multiple representations of the body within the primary somatosensory cortex of primates. Science 204:521-523.
  • Whitsel, BL, Petrucelli, LM & Dreyer, DA (1972) The resorting of the spinal afferents as antecedent to the bodyrepresentation in the postcentral gyrus. Brain, Behavior and Evolution 5:303-341.