Human Nervous System and Behavior

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IN757.NEU - Human Nervous System and Behavior (September - October)

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the nervous system and human behavior. One of the aims of the course is to enhance, where possible, integration of the various ways in which the functions and malfunctions of the nervous systems are studied: anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, psychology, neurology, psychiatry. One clinical case per week will introduce a wide range of issues and provide the context for their study. Among the topics are the following: the general organization of the brain and spinal cord, and the localization of function; nerve impulse conduction; synaptic transmission; depression; addiction; panic and anxiety; control of movement; sensory systems; psychosis; neuronal death and degeneration; cognitive function; and control of excitability in neural circuits. Independent study of topics identified as central learning issues in the clinical cases, after discussion in tutorial, will be a major activity. The lectures will help students organize complex bodies of material, will provide up-to-date information not readily available in textbooks, and will help consolidate material already studied. The laboratories will provide access to fixed tissues and to radiological and scanning techniques; pathological specimens will be studied in the context of "mini cases". If you would like more information on the course you have selected please go to MyCourses.

Opportunities Available

  • Lab Instructor: Meets with 10 students 2 times per week for 3 hours for teaching lab exercises.
  • Tutor: Meets with 7 students 3 times per week for 2.5 hours to facilitate clinical case discussion.

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