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Department
Neuroscience
Course
NROC61H3
Professor
Rutsuko Ito
Semester
Fall

Description
lec01 tutorials 1. discuss course materials with TAs 2. professor available by e-mail teaching philosophy 1. teaching focused on experimental evidence 2. teaching concepts 3. thinking based thoughts about neuroscience 1. aim of neuroscience a. how the brain works b. how it relates to behavior and psychology of the mind 2. neuroscientists do a. different levels of research going on b. multidisciplinary level of organization 1. levels of research a. behavioral system b. interregional system c. regional circuits d. neurons e. synapse f. molecule / ion channels g. genes 2. focus on the first four a. systems neuroscience i. behavioral system ii. interregional system iii. regional circuits iv. neurons 3. not focused on cellular neuroscience a. cellular neuroscience i. neurons ii. synapse iii. molecule / ion channels learning theories 1. foundations in behavior modification (psyb45) 2. should know about learning theories course structure 1. tutorials a. 001 - bannu b. 002 - sherri c. 003 - cole d. 004 - susan e. 005 - sherri 2. first part of course - learning a. pavlovian conditioning b. instrumental conditioning c. laws of association d. learning and memory systems 3. second part of course - motivation a. reward b. motivation and hypothalamus c. emotions and limbic system d. stress and arousal e. sleep and wakefulness evaluation 1. 1 midterm a. 2 hours b. october 10th c. 30% d. multiple choice e. short answers f. 1 long answer g. based on lectures 1-5 2. final exam a. 35% b. multiple choice c. short answers d. long answers e. based on lectures 6-12 tutorials 1. written assignment - mini review a. 20% b. 5 goes towards making annotated reference list of 5 empirical papers i. 5 empirical papers become main focus of review paper ii. due october 23 start of tutorial iii. brief summary of paper and include why it is included in mini review iv. note where the periods, commas, and italicized formats are in the references v. due after reading week 2. mini review paper a. 15% b. critical review of 8-10 empirical papers c. ... d. ... e. ... 3. tutorial structure a. group presentations i. 10% ii. 2 assigned primary articles in each tutorial iii. 15 minutes in length 1. 10 minutes to present details of article 2. 5 minutes to answer questions iv. one person 1. presents introduction / results v. one person 1. presents methods / discussion vi. both will each 1. present a slide answering a. why is this study important b. what are limitations / future directions vii. articles will be released 2 weeks before the presentation b. discussion of course material i. working through examples from last year's exam c. 5% awarded for class attendance and participation d. tutorials will present topics already discussed from lecture i. bring questions for the tutorial you have from the lecture what is learning? 1. acquiring knowledge and understanding how to apply that knowledge a. biologists i. acquiring physiological change in the brain 1. neuronal and dendritic growth 2. way in which one's environmental experiences alter their neuronal make up and in turn, behavior 3. growing of spines on dendrites 4. how we adapt to stimuli a. how we prune away old connections when not needed b. how behavior is
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