Professor Brian Wandell
Room 484 Jordan Hall
Professor Jeffrey Wine
Room 450 Jordan Hall
Psychology 206 is a review of Behavioral Neuroscience. The course emphasizes those aspects of the field being studied on campus. The course is designed for graduate students in Psychology and Neurosicence, as well as advanced undergraduates who have some background in neuroscience classes, such as Psych 020, and at least one more advanced class such as Psych 030, 050, 120, 203.
A main purpose of this course is to introduce students who already have a basic understanding of behavioral neuroscience principles to some of the Stanford faculty participating in behavioral neuroscience research. Hence, the course format is a series of guest lectures from various campus laboratories where the work is related to Behavioral Neuroscience. The lectures review the biological substrates of behavior with an emphasis on research that is currently taking place on campus. In addition, there will be several opportunities for in-class discussions amongst the teachers and students. The course is a broad introduction to advanced topics in neuroscience, and the material covers a wide array of topics at a fairly advanced level. Topics include vision science, audition, motor control, learning and memory, hormonal and neurochemical aspects of stress and motivation.
The course is offered for three units. Class meets Tuesday and Thursday from 1:15-2:30 in Jordan Hall (Bldg. 420), room 100. Grading is based on
|Day||Speaker||Topic||April 1||Wine||Simple neural systems|
|April 3||Wandell/Wine||Overview of class and discussion|
|April 8||Wine||Genotype and phenotype|
|April 10||Fernald||Sexual dominance||April 15||Rieke||Visual transduction|
|April 17||The Students||Discussions|
|April 24||Newsome||Visual cortex|
|April 29||Wandell||Functional neuroimaging||May 1||Heeger||Pattern vision and visual cortex|
|May 6||Wandell||Color vision: retina and cortex|
|May 8||Uncertain ...||Uncertain ...||May 13||Smith||Memory mechanisms||May 15||Gabrieli||Human learning and memory|
|May 22||Heller||Sleep||May 27||Sapolsky||Stress||May 29||Eric Knudsen||Auditory pathways|
The readings consist of a collection of research articles and several book chapters Foundations of Vision, Wandell, 1995, Sinauer Press). The material will be organized into a course reader that will be made available during the second week of class.