COGS 107b: Systems Neuroscience, Winter 2018, York 2722, TuTh 12:30pm-1:50pm
Systems neuroscience examines how the brain operates in the real world. This sub-discipline of neuroscience considers how different regions of the brain interact to produce perception, thought, memory, and action. To understand how such processes take place requires an understanding of both the fine anatomical organization of brain structures and the dynamics of their neural activity. The quarter will begin with a review of electrical potentials observed in the brain. Next, several lectures will consider sensory processing of different types with an emphasis on the form by which information is encoded and transformed across brain areas. A series of lectures will then consider neuromodulatory systems, the function of the hippocampus, cerebellum and basal ganglia, spatial cognition, learning and memory, and sleep-wake control. Finally, the quarter will wrap up with a few lectures on motor control and attention.