Motor Neurobiology

Part 1: Neural structure and signal transmission

Week 1 – Introduction, history, cells, and ions

Week 2 – Membrane potential and passive signaling

Week 3 – Action potential generation and propagation

Week 4 – Motor units and muscle fibers

Week 5 – Review and exam

 

Part 2: Biomechanics

Week 6 – Muscles, forces, and fatigue

Week 7 – Levers and joints

Week 8 – Reflexes and pattern generation

Week 9 – Locomotion

Week 10 – Review and exam

 

Part 3: Control and coordination

Week 11 – Motor planning and feedback

Week 12 – Gaze and posture

Week 13 – Play and sports

Week 14 – Movement disorders

Week 15 – Review and exam

 

PCB 4717 U03, BSC 6936 U01: Spring 2018

prereq: General Biology I & II
text: Principles of Neural Science, 5th ed.
Kandel, Schwartz, Jessell, Hudspeth, Siegelbaum
McGraw­Hill, New York, 2013

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