Sensory 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 synapses

Week 4 – Sensory coding and integration

Week 5 – Review and exam

 

Part 2: Ionotropic senses

Week 6 – Touch, pain, hot and cold

Week 7 – Hearing and balance

Week 8 – Electric

Week 9 – Magnetic

Week 10 – Review and exam

 

Part 3: Metabotropic senses

Week 11 – Olfaction (also ionotropic) and odor tracking

Week 12 – Taste and food choice

Week 13 – Photoreception and eye structure

Week 14 – Color discrimination and motion detection

Week 15 – Review and exam

 

 

Spring 2020: PCB 4717 and ZOO 6782

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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