Biology 202
Neurobiology and Behavior
Spring 2001

COURSE SCHEDULE

DateSubjectAssignments Due
INTRODUCTION
23 JanThe problem, and methods of exploration
25 JanNeuroanatomy - Inputs and outputs
30 JanNeuroanatomy - The central nervous system weekly essay
1 FebNeurophysiology I
6 FebNeurophysiology IIweekly essay
8 FebNeurochemistry
OUTPUT PROCESSING (Motor control)
13 FebReflexology and central pattern generationweekly essay
15 FebCentral pattern generation and corollary discharge
20 FebFeedback processingweekly essay
22 FebMuscle mechanics, motor synergies, and distributed control
27 FebVolunary movementFIRST WEB PAPER
INPUT PROCESSING (Sensory processing)
1 MarchCoding, filtering, and feature detection
6 MarchMapping and stereopsisweekly essay
8 MarchColor vision
13 MarchSPRING BREAK
15 MarchSPRING BREAK
20 MarchPreattentive and attentive visionweekly essay
THE SENSORIMOTOR INTERFACE
22 MarchPopulation coding, parallel and distributed processing
27 MarchSuperimposed maps and activity-gated divergenceweekly essay
29 MarchGestalts and choices
3 AprilAfference, expectation, and internal feedbackweekly essay
GLOBAL MODULATING SYSTEMS
5 AprilLocal and global phenomena - choice, attention, sleep/wakeweekly essay
10 AprilExtrinsic vs. intrinsic factorsSECOND WEB PAPER
12 AprilMultiple global control mechanisms
THE "I-FUNCTION" (Conscious processing)
17 AprilEncephalization and the cortical problemweekly essay
19 AprilAwareness and self-awareness
24 AprilVoluntary action and willweekly essay
GENESIS OF NEURAL FUNCTION AND BEHAVIOR
26 AprilThe reality of the innate
1 MayForms of neuronal lability, learning and memoryweekly essay
3 MayIndividuality and creativity
FINAL WEB PAPER
due last day of exam period
(Friday, 18 May, 12:30 pm)




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