Neuroscience II (Systems Neuroscience)

Course coordinator: Adamantia Mitsacou

Educational objectives

Main course objective is the understanding of biology of cognition and behavior. The course focuses on sensory, motor systems and high-level mental functions. The students are introduced to brain anatomy, electrophysiology, electroencephalography and brain imaging techniques. The course Neuroscience I (Cellular/molecular Neuroscience) is a prerequisite.

Course content

  • Cognitive processes and cerebral cortex
  • Anatomy of sensory and motor pathways
  • Sensory systems: touch, pain, hearing, taste, smell, vision
  • Motor system: muscles and muscle receptors, spinal reflexes, voluntary movements.
  • Genes and behavior – Sexuality and the brain – Emotions and impulses
  • Language
  • Memory and learning – Cellular mechanisms of memory and learning
  • Sleep and dreams
  • Neurobiological basis of EEG

Laboratory training 

  • Anatomy of human and rat brain using fresh tissue  
  • In vitro electrophysiological experiments on brain slices
  • Electroencephalogram, principles and demonstration
  • Examples of brain physiology and disorders with nuclear medicine methodology
  • Examples of brain anatomy with CT and MRI
  • Seminar on deep brain stimulation
  • Stem cells for brain transplantation