This course is designed to take a comparative approach to understanding the major motor systems of the brain and will cover the basic elements of motor "control." However, the motor system does much more than contract muscles. Even the most basic movements such as walking require whole-body coordination that must be learned and adapted to our environment. During active sensation, motor systems even modulate our sensory perceptions. Much of what we have learned about motor systems comes from animals as diverse as crickets, electric fish, and birds. This course uses a comparative approach to understand the functions various brain regions contribute to our active lives.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(NS&B)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
PDFs of primary articles and chapters provided via Moodle.
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Grading will be distributed across a diverse set of opportunities to demonstrate your learning. Perusall annotation and discussion of readings. Short reports on journal articles. In-class presentations. In-class participation. One final "take-home" short essay exam.
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|Instructor(s): Perks,Krista Times: .M.W... 08:20AM-09:40AM; Location: SCIE141; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 7||JR major: 8|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 0||FR: 0|
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