Issues in Neuroscience
Courses with this number consider topics that bring to bear knowledge in the fields of psychology, neurology, and physiology. Topics are treated at an intermediate level and the focus will be on topics not covered in detail in Psychology 26 and 65. The selection of issues is at the discretion of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 35 students. Dist: SCI.
In 13F at 11, Neuroethology
A rose smells sweet, and rotting food smells bad -- to you, but not to a fly. The neural mechanisms that cause such diffrences reflect the conditions under which each species evolved. By comparing the nervous systems of many animal species we will discover the conditions under which each species evolved. By comparing the nervous systems of many animal species we will discover the conditions and constraints that led to the neural mechanisms of species typical behaviors, including our own. Prerequisite: Psyc 1 or 6. Kralik
In 13F at 2A, Sleep and Sleep Disorders
This course will explore the basic biological mechanisms of sleep and circadian rhythms, including neuroanatomical and neurophysiological aspects of sleep/wake, as well as the behavioral and social aspects of normal sleep. The course will then build upon this basic understanding of normal sleep and circadian rhythm to develop an overview of major sleep and circadian rhythm disorders. The importance of sleep to adequate daytime neuropsychological functioning and the social, public policy and economic issues pertinent to sleep and circadian rhythms will be addressed. Prerequisite: Psyc 1 or 6. Sateia.
In 14W at 12, Neuroscience of Mental Illness
The goal of this course is to explore the neurological correlates of psychopathology.For each mental illness covered in the class, we will first review the characteristics and diagnostic criteria of the disorder and will then explore the neurological correlates in terms of etiology, manifestation, and treatment. We will examine evidence from a variety of sources, including neuroanatomical studies, neuroimaging experiments, and neurodevelopmental studies, with a focus on current research findings. Case histories and video footage will be used to illustrate the experience of psychopathology with the goal of elucidating the links between the brain and behavior. Prerequisite: Psyc 6 or 26 or Bio 34. Funnell.
In 14W at , Decision making: linking behavior to brain
In this course we examine decision making from both behavioral and neurobiological points of view. Specifically, we learn about different methods used in psychology and neuroscience (e.g. operant conditioning, signal detection theory, reinforcement learning) to study decision making at various levels, from cognitive processes to underpinning neural activity. We also learn about the notion of rationality and heuristics in decision making (e.g. why do we show risk aversion?). Overall, this course introduces students to specific topics in behavioral psychology, neurobiology, system and computational neuroscience, and economics.