Date Speaker Lecture Assigned Reading Other Links
1/09/18 Nitz introduction - what is sleep? what is attention? the activation-synthesis theory of dreams  (PDF)
lecture 1 slides  (PDF)
1/11/18 Nitz electrophysiological features and control of sleep/wake states: brainstem & hypothalamus Scammell & Arrigoni - neural circuitry of wakefulness & sleep  (PDF)
lecture 2-3 slides  (PDF)
1/16/18 Nitz electrophysiological features and control of sleep/wake states: thalamocortical systems Siegel - reduced number of hypocretin neurons in human narcolepsy  (PDF)
lecture 2-3 slides  (PDF)
1/18/18 Nitz four proposed functions for sleep: metabolism Nedergaard - sleep drives metabolite clearance from the adult brain  (PDF)
lecture 4 slides  (PDF)
1/23/18 Nitz four proposed functions for sleep: development Gan - REM sleep selectively prunes and maintains new synapses in development and learning  (PDF)
1/25/18 Nitz four proposed functions for sleep: learning & memory Gan - sleep promotes branch-specific formation of dendritic spines after learning  (PDF) lecture 6 slides  (PDF)
1/30/18 Nitz four proposed functions for sleep: homoeostasis Cirelli - ultrastructural evidence for synaptic scaling across the wake/sleep cycle  (PDF)

2/01/18 Nitz introduction to the neural mechanisms of attention William James - principles of psychology chapter 11: attention (1890)  (PDF)
lecture 7 slides  (PDF)
2/06/18 Nitz neural mechanisms of attention: awareness The distribution of consciousness in the visual system  (PDF)
lecture 8 slides  (PDF)
2/08/18 Nitz review
2/13/18 Nitz Midterm Exam 1
2/15/18 Nitz neural mechanisms of attention: signal/noise Mountcastle's look back at the Parietal Cortex  (PDF)
lecture 9 slides  (PDF)
2/20/18 Nitz hemineglect Karnath & Hartje - decrease of contralateral neglect  (PDF)
lecture 10 slides  (PDF)
2/22/18 Nitz neural mechanisms of attention: temporal coherence Desimone - high frequency, long-range coupling between prefrontal and visual cortex during attention  (PDF)
lecture 11 slides  (PDF)
2/27/18 Nitz neural mechanisms of attention: functional anatomy of neuromodulatory systems Phasic vs tonic locus coeruleus activity  (PDF)
lecture 12 slides  (PDF)
Functions of the basal forebrain  (PDF)
3/01/18 Nitz neural mechanisms of attention: internal/external Wilson & Foster - theta vs. ripples  (PDF)
lecture 13 slides  (PDF)
3/06/18 Nitz cell assemblies, schizophrenia, and working memory Durstewitz - the dual-state theory of prefrontal cortex dopamine function with relevance to catechol-o-methyltransferase genotypes and schizophrenia  (PDF)
lecture 14 slides  (PDF)
3/08/18 Nitz attention in autism, ADD, and the aged lecture 15 slides  (PDF)
3/13/18 Nitz review
3/15/18 Nitz Final Exam (non cumulative)