Cogs 201 considers systems and cognitive neuroscience with a focus on neural dynamics. Sensory and motor systems compose a large portion of the material covered, but several 'other' topics are considered as well. These include: perception and consciousness; temporal coding; the function of sleep; interneuron function; function of the hippocampus, basal ganglia, and cerebellum; episodic, procedural, and working memory; and spike-timing dependent plasticity. While lectures will cover each of these topics to some extent, special-topics sessions will take a more 'discussion' approach wherein experimental work and the current context within which it exists will be considered.
A companion course, 107b, is given this same quarter as a core course for our undergraduates with cog-sci major. In previous years, grad students attended the lectures of this course and took its tests, etc.. This year, as last year, the two weekly lectures for 107b will be integrated into a single lecture each week for 201. Special-topics classes will then be used to cover advanced topics in neuroscience.
Finally, please note that the webpage for 107b contains resources that may be very helpful (e.g., lecture podcasts, lecture slidecasts from previous years, sample exam questions, topical links, etc.).
Instructor: Douglas Nitz - firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Weds 10:30-noon CSB 171