Sapienza, University of Rome, School of Biological Sciences
Academic year 2016-2017

This is an advanced course (6 credits CFU) within the degree of Neurobiology. Lectures begin on Ocrober4, 2016
1. Brain-mind relationships. Evolution of the nervous system. The exploration of the brain. 2. Biological bases of mental activity. Neuronal circuits and mechanisms of information processing. Biological diversity: the relationship between genetics and behavior. Environmental factors and neural structural and functional changes. 3. Phylogeny and ontogeny of the nervous system: cerebrum, diencephalon, midbrain, spinal cord. Special reference to spinal reflexes, species-specific behaviors, imprinting, memory and learning. 4. Spinal cord: macroscopic anatomy, ascending and descending pathways, anterior, spinal reflexes. -Motor control system: cortical and cerebellar motor functions, pyramidal and extrapyramidal system. -Cerebral cortex: functional anatomy of the cerebral cortex, hemispheric asymmetries, motor, sensory and associative cortices -The thalamus , the limbic system: Anatomy and functions. 5. Development of the nervous system and behavior:. The origins of plasticity. Visual cortex and plasticity. Experience and nerve connections. Plasticity in children and adults. The limits of plasticity. Memory as a form of neural plasticity. Aging and the nervous system.
Textbook: Watson N.V. & S. M. Breedlove, Il cervello e la mente. Le basi biologiche del comportamento. Zanichelli, Bologna, 2014. or: Mark R. Rosenzweig, S. Marc Breedlove, and Neil V. Watson: Biological Psychology: An Introduction to Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, 4th edition (or similar)
Online support: students will find copy of the slides shown during the course at this link
mail: oliverio at oliverio dot eu
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