Biology 202
Neurobiology and Behavior
Spring 2006

COURSE SCHEDULE

DateSubjectAssignments Due
INTRODUCTION
17 JanThe problem, and methods of explorationinitial forum posting
19 JanNeuroanatomy - Inputs and outputs
24 JanNeuroanatomy - The central nervous system forum posting
26 JanNeurophysiology I
31 JanNeurophysiology IIforum posting
2 FebNeurochemistry
OUTPUT PROCESSING (Motor control)
7 FebReflexology and central pattern generationforum posting
9 FebCentral pattern generation and corollary discharge
14 FebFeedback processingforum posting
16 FebMuscle mechanics, motor synergies, and distributed control
21 FebVolunary movementFIRST WEB PAPER
INPUT PROCESSING (Sensory processing)
23 FebCoding, filtering, and feature detection
28 FebMapping and stereopsisforum posting
2 MarchColor vision
7 MarchSPRING BREAK
9 MarchSPRING BREAK
14 MarchPreattentive and attentive visionforum posting
THE SENSORIMOTOR INTERFACE
16 MarchPopulation coding, parallel and distributed processing
21 MarchSuperimposed maps and activity-gated divergenceforum posting
23 MarchGestalts and choices
28 MarchAfference, expectation, and internal feedbackforum posting
GLOBAL MODULATING SYSTEMS
30 MarchLocal and global phenomena - choice, attention, sleep/wakeforum posting
4 AprilExtrinsic vs. intrinsic factorsSECOND WEB PAPER
6 AprilMultiple global control mechanisms
THE "I-FUNCTION" (Conscious processing)
11 AprilEncephalization and the cortical problemforum posting
13 AprilAwareness and self-awareness
18 AprilVoluntary action and willforum posting
GENESIS OF NEURAL FUNCTION AND BEHAVIOR
20 AprilThe reality of the innate
25 AprilForms of neuronal lability, learning and memoryforum posting
27 AprilIndividuality and creativity
FINAL WEB PAPER
BOOK REVIEW/COMMENTARY
Seniors: due 5 pm Friday, May 5
Others: due noon, Friday, May 12




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