Fall 2017 not offered
The course is designed to teach techniques and offer independent research experience. Students study living nervous systems and measure the electrical signals at the heart of nervous system function. In the first part, experiments include intracellular recordings of rest and action potentials, synaptic transmission, sensory coding and integration in simple nervous systems. Students learn surgical and electrophysiological recording techniques working with invertebrate and cold-blooded vertebrate animals including crayfish, mollusks (Aplysia), leeches, fish, and amphibians. In the second part of the course, students will use these techniques in novel, independent research projects.
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|Course Format: Laboratory Course||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ([NS&B213 or BIOL213 or PSYC240] AND [BIOL182 or MB&B182])
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Readings are from the research literature, some text chapters and review articles.
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Laboratory write-ups and final oral presentation.
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Grading is based on performance in the laboratory and lab write-ups. The course is not offered Cr/U.
The early start (12:15 PM) permits the class to end at 4:00 PM in time for late afternoon activities. Complicated surgical and electrophysiological techniques and sometimes difficult experiments requires the extended hours of the lab sessions, with the Friday session for data analysis and experimental preparation.