Spring 2010 not offered
While scientists are still very unsure of how the mammalian cortex enables conscious perception and thought, there has been a tremendous explosion of knowledge recently concerning the wide heterogeneity of neuronal classes and the specific kinds of connections between these classes. Detailed wiring diagrams of local cortical circuits are emerging, colored with dynamic connections that have created a wellspring of ideas motivated toward understanding the cortex with reverse-engineering strategies. This course will focus on cortical circuit studies in neocortex, with an emphasis on somatosensory cortex. Students will come to know, for example, many different varieties of inhibitory interneurons in terms of their firing properties, synaptic plasticities, the connections they make with other neurons, and what roles they might play in governing cortical dynamics.
Students will write one essay every week about the article to be studied and discussed in class.
|Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar
|Grading Mode: Student Option
|Prerequisites: [NS&B213 or BIOL213 or PSYC240]
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(NS&B)