Courses for Spring 2018

  • Biology of Hearing

    Examines the sensory and perceptual system for hearing: the external, middle, and inner ears; the active processes of the cochlea; sound transduction and neural coding; neural information processing by the auditory system; and the nature of auditory perception and its biological substrate. Prerequisite: an introductory course in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Physics, Engineering or Psychology.
    NEUR 0650 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Simmons
  • Introduction to Computational Neuroscience

    An introductory class to computational neuroscience. Students will learn the main tools of the trade, namely differential equations, probability theory and computer programming, as well as some of the main modern neural-modeling techniques. Assignments will include the writing of simple Matlab code.
    NEUR 0680 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bienenstock
  • Psychoactive Drugs and Society

    Will examine psychoactive drugs from two perspectives: (1) biological mechanisms of drug action and (2) the impact of psychoactive drug use on society and society attitudes towards psychoactive drug usage. Drugs to be discussed will include alcohol, opiates, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, nicotine and caffeine, as well as drugs used therapeutically to treat psychiatric disorders. This course will benefit students who are interested in exploring both the biological and social aspects of psychoactive drug use. Prerequisite: NEUR 0010 or equivalent.
    NEUR 0700 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Patrick
  • Principles of Neurobiology

    A lecture course covering fundamental concepts of cellular and molecular neurobiology. Topics include structure of ion channels, synaptic transmission, synaptic development, molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, learning and memory and neurological diseases. Prerequisite: NEUR 0010. Strongly recommended: BIOL 0200 or equivalent.
    NEUR 1020 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Aizenman
  • Neural Dynamics

    Neurons and systems of neurons vary in their activity patterns on millisecond to second time scales, commonly referred to as "neural dynamics." This course addresses mechanisms underlying this flexibility and its potential meaning for information processing in the brain. The course integrates biophysical, computational, single neuron and human studies. To express interest, please add this course to your primary cart. The decision will be made based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to seniority, concentration requirement.
    NEUR 1440 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Moore
  • Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

    Exploration of learning and memory from the molecular to the behavioral level. Topics will include declarative and procedural memory formation and storage, associative and non-associative learning, cellular and molecular mechanisms for learning, and disorders affecting learning and memory. Examples will be drawn from numerous brain areas and a variety of model systems, including humans. Students will gain experience interpreting experiments from primary literature. Prerequisite: NEUR 1020. WRIT
    NEUR 1540 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Linden
  • Experimental Neurobiology

    Intensive laboratory experience in neuroscience appropriate for students with basic background in Neurobiology. Learn and employ the classical neurophysiological techniques of extracellular recording, intracellular recording and receptive field mapping using a variety of animal species. Experiments will include recording of sensory signals in the cockroach leg; frog sciatic nerve and sciatic nerve/muscle preparation; intracellular recording of neurons in Aplysia; receptive field mapping in frog skin; and visual field mapping in the frog tectum. Instruction on and practice of effective science writing is another component to this course. Labs are supplemented by informal lectures. Enrollment limited to 18. WRIT
    NEUR 1600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Stein
    NEUR 1600 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Stein
  • The Diseased Brain: Mechanisms of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

    The goals of this course are to illustrate what basic science can teach us about neurological disorders and how these pathologies illuminate the functioning of the normal nervous system. Consideration will be given to monoallelic diseases (e.g. Fragile X Syndrome, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Tuberous Sclerosis) as well as genetically complex disorders, such as Autism, Schizophrenia and Alzheimer's Disease. Emphasis will be on the cellular and molecular basis of these disorders and how insights at these levels might lead to the development of therapies. Prerequisites: NEUR 1020. BIOL 0470 suggested.
    NEUR 1740 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fallon
  • Neurological Disorders: Neural Dynamics + Neurotechnology

    A seminar course on neural dynamics and therapeutic approaches based on open-/closed-loop Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) and neuromodulation for neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. Topics include: (1) Disorders of consciousness: loss-of-consciousness in generalized epileptic and psychogenic seizures; closed-loop seizure control; Coma, medically induced coma and general anesthesia; Neuromonitoring of consciousness; (2) BCIs for auditory/visual/somatosensory disorders; (3) Movement disorders: BCIs for restoring movement/communication; adaptive-DBS for Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. (4) Neuropsychiatric disorders: DBS for major depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. To sign up, add this course to your cart. Enrollment will be based on a variety of factors such as: seniority, concentration requirement.
    NEUR 1930H S01
    Primary Instructor
    Truccolo
  • Neural Correlates of Consciousness

    This couse will consider the neuroscience of consciousness from a variety of perspectives, using examples from behavior, neurophysiology, neuroimaging and neurology. The course content will focus on primary literature, using review articles for background. Students will lead discussions. Sign-up required by Google Docs. Strongly Recommended: NEUR 1030. Enrollment limited to 15. Instructor permission required.
    NEUR 1930I S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sanes
  • Neuroethology

    Neuroethology is concerned with the neural systems serving such naturally occurring behaviors as orientation in the environment, finding food, predator detection, social communication, circadian and seasonal rhythms, and locomotion and tracking. This seminar will examine selected examples of the neuroethological approach to analysis of brain function, which sometime leads to conclusions different from those of laboratory-based experiments on traditional animal models. To express interest, please add this course to your primary cart. The decision will be made based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to seniority, concentration requirement.
    NEUR 1940B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Simmons
  • Drugs and the Brain

    This is a seminar course devoted to the reading and analyzing of original research articles dealing with the interaction between drugs and the brain. This will include drugs used to analyze normal brain function, as well as drugs of abuse and drugs used for therapeutic purposes. This course is intended for undergraduate and graduate students with a strong background in neuropharmacology. To express interest, please add this course to your primary cart. The decision will be made based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to seniority, concentration requirement. Limited to 15.
    NEUR 1940G S01
    Primary Instructor
    Patrick
  • Independent Study

    Laboratory-oriented research in neuroscience, supervised by staff members. A student, under the guidance of a neuroscience faculty member, proposes a topic for research, develops the procedures for its investigation, and writes a report of the results of his or her study. Independent study may replace only one required course in the neuroscience concentration. Prerequisites include NEUR 0010, 1020 and 1030. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Permission must be obtained from the Neuroscience Department.
    NEUR 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Marshall
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    Burwell
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    Donoghue
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    Patrick
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    Berson
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    Blumstein
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    Fallon
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    Cooper
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    Hart
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    Zimmerman
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    Bienenstock
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    Morrow
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    Lester
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    Warren
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    Lipscombe
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    Bowen
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    Sanes
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    Kauer
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    Hawrot
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    Badre
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    Simmons
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    Frank
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    Simmons
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    Hochberg
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    Paradiso
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    Geman
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    Connors
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    Aizenman
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    Welch
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    Desrochers
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    Sheinberg
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    Hoffman-Kim
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    Heindel
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    Barnea
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    Reenan
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    Zervas
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    Stopa
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    Nurmikko
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    Oancea
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    White
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    Lo
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    Serre
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    Moore
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    Bath
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    Asaad
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    Jones
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    Linden
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    Stein
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    Dickstein
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    Truccolo
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    Kaun
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    Jaworski
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    Song
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    Watanabe
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    Walsh
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    LaGasse
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    Borton
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    Zimmerman
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    Vargas-Irwin
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    Akbar
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    McGeary
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    Lee
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    Stonestreet
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  • Graduate Proseminar in Neuroscience

    See Graduate Pro-Seminar In Neuroscience (NEUR 2010) for course description.
    NEUR 2020 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Barnea
  • Advanced Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology II

    This course continues the investigation of molecular and cellular approaches used to study the CNS from the level of individual genes to the control of behavior. Topics include patterning of the nervous system, generation of neuronal diversity, axonal guidance, synapse formation, the control of behavior by specific neural circuits and neurodegenerative diseases. Enrollment is limited to graduate students.
    NEUR 2040 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Barnea
  • Advanced Systems Neuroscience

    Focuses on cognitive approaches to study nervous system function. Lectures and discussions focus on neurophysiology, neuroimaging and lesion analysis in mammals, including humans. Computational approaches will become integrated into the material. Topics include the major cognitive systems, including perception, decisions, learning and memory, emotion and reward, language, and higher cortical function. Instructor permission required.
    NEUR 2060 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Sheinberg
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    NEUR 2970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sheinberg
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  • Graduate Independent Study

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. S/NC
    NEUR 2980 S01
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    Marshall
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    NEUR 2980 S02
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    Burwell
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    Donoghue
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    Patrick
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    Berson
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    Blumstein
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    Fallon
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    Cooper
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    Hart
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    Zimmerman
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    NEUR 2980 S11
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    Bienenstock
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    Morrow
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    Lester
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    Warren
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    Lipscombe
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    Bowen
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    Sanes
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    Kauer
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    Hawrot
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    Badre
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    Simmons
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    Frank
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    Simmons
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    Hochberg
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    Paradiso
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    Geman
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    Connors
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    Aizenman
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    Welch
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    Desrochers
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    Sheinberg
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    Hoffman-Kim
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    Heindel
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    Barnea
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    Reenan
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    Zervas
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    Stopa
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    Nurmikko
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    Oancea
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    White
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    Moore
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    Bath
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    Asaad
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    Truccolo
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    Kaun
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    Jaworski
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    Jones
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    De La Monte
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    Fawzi
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    Webb
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    Wharton
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  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    NEUR 2990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Lipscombe
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