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BIOLOGY

BIO-496
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

BIO-496
002
BIOLOGY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Neural Circuits and Behavior

President Obama's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative aims to accelerate the development and application of innovative technologies used to study the brain. In this course students review classic and cutting-edge methods associated with the BRAIN Initiative. The following topics are discussed: methods for quantifying brain cell connectivity; methods for recording brain cell activity (multi-electrode arrays and optical cellular imaging); optogenetic tools for stimulating and silencing neurons; and behavioral methods and statistical procedures for quantifying relations between brain activity and behavior. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Meets with BIO-696 002 NEUR-496 001.