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Spring 2019 Neuroscience and Behavior BC3396 section 001

Call Number 00380
Day & Time
M 10:10am-12:00pm
308 Diana Center
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Course Description Prerequisites: (Psyc BC1119) or (Biol BC3362) How should we think about the brain? How can we simplify and interpret its dizzying complexities? And specifically, what conceptual frameworks are useful in constraining our interpretations of neuronal activity? This seminar – Topics in Systems Neuroscience – is aimed at defining and dissecting the ideas and models that guide our thinking about the brain. This semester the focus will be on the concept of the receptive field. We will examine how this idea has been applied across brain regions and sensory modalities  and has been examined with experimental/computational approaches. Attention will be paid to both the historical background and contemporary views. The receptive field has provided a useful conceptual framework since the early 20th century. After developing the traditional concept of a sensory receptive field, we will critically examine the limits of this concept. This potentially simplifying concept underlying brain function also contains open questions regarding perception, cognition and behavior. By the end of the course we will develop a richer understanding of how conceptual frameworks, in general, can help (and hurt!) but ultimately hone our thinking. 
Web Site Vergil
Department Psychology @Barnard
Enrollment 6 students (15 max) as of 9:07PM Thursday, August 22, 2019
Subject Neuroscience and Behavior
Number BC3396
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Open To Barnard, Columbia College
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20191NSBV3396X001

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