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Topics in Neurobiology

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Subject area
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Credit value
4 (US), 7.5 (ECTS), 0.5 (CU)
Year, Fall Term

Module overview

This module aims to explore some of the biological bases of behaviour. The module is orientated around learning and memory, mainly using spatial and episodic memory as a model system with which to explore issues such as how neurons represent information, and how this representation is modified by experience.

We will use multiple levels of description ranging from the genes contained within the neurons, through the proteins they make, the dynamical functions carried out by neurons (e.g. synaptic transmission, modification of connections etc.), the interactions of groups of neurons in circuits to form cognitive representations, and all the way up to the animal's macroscopic behaviour and how this interacts with the environment.

By the end of the module students should have an understanding of how (relatively!) simple low-level processes create and interact with high level processes to produce the complex behaviours (such as navigation) exhibited by animals and humans.


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