An investigation of how electrochemical events in the brain enable humans and other animals to respond to environmental stimuli. We start with a detailed study of the properties of individual brain cells and the neurochemical and biophysical factors that modulate their activity. This is then applied to a discussion of (1) the processing of sensory input and motor output; (2) modulation of neural activity associated with moods, psychocactive substances, and states of consciousness; and (3) the mechanisms underlying learning, memory, development of the brain, and conscious experience. In the laboratory, we perform experiments using computer simulations of neuronal physiology and discuss recent developments in neurobiology in a case-study format.
- Prerequisite: Biology 105/106 or equivalent
- Two hours lecture/1 laboratory per week.
- Credits: 3
- Offered: Spring of even years.
- Faculty: Dr. Benington