BC1: Introduction to Neuroscience
What does a neuroscientist do? Why do animals have nervous systems? What do nervous systems look like and how are they structured? What are neurons? How do they work and how do they talk to each other? Discussion 1: are nervous systems computers?
How do nervous systems sense the world, what is their input? How do vision, hearing, olfaction, taste, and mechanoception work? What about more exotic senses like magnetoception or echolocation? What can nervous systems do, what is their output? How do animals fly, swim, or walk?
How can neuroscientists measure the structure and processes of nervous system? How do electrophysiology and calcium imaging work? Can we use genetics to change nervous systems? What is optogenetics and how can we use it to control nervous systems?
What are important concepts in neuroscience? How can a nervous system learn and how does it know when there is something to learn? What is a central pattern generator? How do many neurons interact as ensembles or populations? How do nervous systems deal with noise and uncertainty? Discussion 2: are nervous systems computers?