Neurobiology of Learning and Memory|
Spring 2009 not offered
Animals as varied as sea slugs and humans display a number of types of learning, ranging from the capacity to acquire species-specific behavior to the ability to form arbitrary associations. Just as varied are the philosophies governing the choice of how to best study the neurobiology of learning and memory. Through lectures, class discussion, student presentations, and a critical reading of the primary literature, the advantages and disadvantages of these various approaches will be investigated. While the specific focus of this class will be on learning and memory, other ways in which the brain learns will also be explored. Normal brain ontogeny relies to some extent on invariant cues in the animal's environment, making this process somewhat analogous to learning. In fact, the neural substrates for learning are likely to be a subset of the basic steps used during brain development. Moreover, the developmental rules guiding brain assembly place constraints on the what, how, and when of brain function and learning. Therefore, this course will also cover select topics in basic developmental neurobiology.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: [NS&B213 or BIOL213 or PSYC240]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(NS&B)(SISP)
THERE IS NO TEXT BOOK. READINGS ARE FROM THE PRIMARY LITERATURE.
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Students will be graded based on class participation, oral presentations, exams, and one paper.
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