The Brain and Cognitive Sciences I

Three images: an illustration of an interior view of the human brain; a mouse next to two plastic shapes; an ullustration of several circles interconnected by lines.

These images demonstrate the breadth of subject matter in this course. (Images courtesy of Nathan Wilson.)

• Image 1: Midsagittal brain section.
• Image 2: "Doogie" mouse over-expressing NR2B subunit of the NMDA receptor learns faster and remembers better.
• Image 3: Schematic representation of neural network: Parallel interconnected nodes provide robust information processing in neuronal systems.


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Fall 2002



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Survey of principles underlying the structure and function of the nervous system, integrating molecular, cellular, and systems approaches. Topics: development of the nervous system and its connections, cell biology or neurons, neurotransmitters and synaptic transmission, sensory systems of the brain, the neuro-endocrine system, the motor system, higher cortical functions, behavioral and cellular analyses of learning and memory. First half of an intensive two-term survey of brain and behavioral studies for first-year graduate students.

Miller, Earl, M. Brown, Matt Wilson, Peter Schiller, and Ann Graybiel. 9.011 The Brain and Cognitive Sciences I, Fall 2002. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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