COGS 177, Space and Time in the Brain, Winter 2017, HSS 1128A, TuTH 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Spatial and temporal relationships in the environment and in our interactions with the environment are fundamental components of our experience. This course will examine how the brain maps such relationships in the form of neural activity patterns within and between regions of the brain. Each week, a different topic will be considered. The 3-hour meeting times will be composed of a short lecture (30-45 min) by Professor Nitz followed by consideration of a number of recent publications pertaining to the topic at hand. Topics will include: 1) mapping of position in the egocentric frame of reference (emphasis on multiple egocentric maps in the parietal cortex); 2) mapping of position in the allocentric, or world-centered, frame of reference (emphasis on grid cells and place cells); 3) mapping of position in object or route-centered frames of reference; 4) hippocampal phase precession (a mixture of spatial and temporal information encoding); and 5) interval timing (a more theoretically-based topic). One or two of these topics may occupy more than one week of class.
Instructor: Douglas Nitz - firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Weds 9-10:30a CSB 171