Meeting times: Fridays 9am-11am. Room 909 North West Corner Building
Instructor: Rafael Yuste, Professor, Dept. Biological Sciences, 906 NWC, firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 854-2354
Office Hours: By arrangement
Text: (available in BookCulture, the Columbia Bookstore and in the Science Library Reserve section)
Behavioral Neurobiology: An Integrative Approach, 2nd edition
GŁnther K. H. Zupanc
Publication Date: July 1, 2010 | ISBN-10: 0199208301 | ISBN-13: 978-0199208302 |
Also: Articles chosen from the relevant literature.
††††††††††† This course is an advanced seminar that will review current knowledge about the computations carried out by circuits present in the CNS. This year the seminar will focus on Neurotehology, reviewing the rich tradition of exquisite behavioural and computational studies in than field and connecting that information with relevant knowledge in neural circuits.
††††††††††† The class will run as a seminar discussion, where it is assumed that every student will have studied the reading material ahead of time and will be knowledgeable enough to explain it.
Targeted audience: W3004 and W3005, or similar courses, are ideal background for the course. To maintain a small class size and ensure the participation of all students in all the discussions, only 20 students will be admitted. Graduate students are welcome but undergraduate students in their final year majoring in Neuroscience and Behaviour will have preference. Auditors will not be accepted.
††††††††††† Instructor permission is necessary for registration.
Grading: An short (maximum 5 page) essay on any of the topics discussed in the course is due on the last day of class and will be used for the final grade, together with evaluation of class participation.
September 6th: 1. Introduction
September 13th: 2. Fundamentals of Neurobiology
September 20th: 3. Fundamentals of Ethology
September 27th: 4. Behavioral Neurobiology: A Brief History
October 4th: 5. Spatial Orientation and Sensory Guidance
October 11th: 6. Neuronal Control of Motor Output
October 18th: 7. Neuronal Processing of Sensory Information
October 25th: 8. Sensorimotor Integration: The Jamming Avoidance Response of the Weakly Electric Fish
November 1st: 9. Neuromodulation: The Accommodation of Motivational Changes in Behavior
November 8th: 10. Biological Timing and Circadian Clocks
November 15th: 11. Large-Scale Navigation: Migration and Homing
November 22nd 12. Communication
December 6th: 13. Cellular Mechanisms of Learning and Memory
December 13th: Review