This course provides an introduction to basic computational methods for understanding how the brain works. Students will have the chance to learn about experimental and analytical tools used in the field. For instance, students will learn how to code simple models of the brain and explore how scientists use genetic tools and optical imaging to study the brain in detail. We will illustrate the use of theoretical models in diseases such as schizophrenia and epilepsy. In this way, we aim to show how theory is applied to neuroscience. No prior knowledge of neuroscience or programming is required for this course.
On Right: Animated simulation of dendritic coincidence in the hippocampal pyramidal neuron.
For details, see Jarsky et al.