9.011 The Brain and Cognitive Sciences I

As taught in: Fall 2002

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.




Prof. Earl Miller

Prof. M. Christian Brown
(Guest Lecturer)

Prof. Matt Wilson

Prof. Peter H. Schiller
(Guest Lecturer)

Prof. Ann M. Graybiel
(Guest Lecturer)

Course Description

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.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.