Psych 241 – Neuroscience 1

Neuroscience examines all aspects of the nervous system. Neuroscientists work at scales ranging from individual proteins through synapses, cells, circuits, systems, selves, and social groups. Neuroscience I will introduce you to these levels of analysis, with an emphasis on systems, behavioral, and cognitive neuroscience.  If you go on to take Neuroscience II you will study in detail molecular and cellular neuroscience. Material from physiology, anatomy, and psychology will be integrated in the readings and in class discussion. Some knowledge of psychology and biology is assumed.

Neuroscience 1, Fall 2019


Syllabus – Fall 2019

Neuro 1 Paper (as yours should look) – Fall 2019

Neuro 1 Paper (“published” version) – Fall 2019

Interpreting my comments on your paper

Opening Act – Chris Bliss

Split Brains (1: Gazzaniga & Alda 2: Ramachandran)  

Levels of Analysis (Helmstetter)

Neurons (Cajal, Golgi, etc.)

  New Neuron!   Flower Image

*****West, Pierce, & Thomas, 1962  (see also)

Oliver Sacks

Resting Potential Review Questions

Nernst Equation 

Resting Potential Movie (from

Action Potential Movie (from

Resting Potential (Handwritten Tutorials)

Action Potential (Handwritten Tutorials)

Ramachandran on the Brain


Post-Synaptic Potentials


Fatt & Katz (1952)

Dopamine trailer


Reticular Formation video

Divisions of the Nervous System (Handwritten Tutorial)

Overview of Brain Anatomy (Handwritten Tutorials)

Hemi-Neglect Syndrome Video

Huntington’s Disease (Nancy Wexler in Venezuela) 

Franklin Award – Wexler  Wexler, 2017

New Frontiers of the Brain

Optogenetics: Nature  MIT  Xu Liu & Steve Ramirez Boyden

Greg Petsko – TED talk  –  Lab Page  –  XKCD

Delgado & the Bull

Optogentics: ExplainedBlind No Longer

Visualizing firing neurons  (Zebrafish 1) (Zebrafish 2)

Neuroscience Methods (Chudler)

2-DG Autoradiography

Marmoset Atlas (stains)

Scalable Brain Atlas

Rat Brain Atlas


Spectrum (from

Are our reds the same?

Dennett on the Cartesian Theatre

Beau Lotto – Optical Illusions  (YouTube version)   

Retinal Receptive Field Demo

Ganglion Cell Demo

Hubel & Wiesel – Simple Cell Discovery

Hubel & Wiesel Cortical Cells

Overview of Hubel & Wiesel work

Cat Visual Cortex (young Colin Blakemore)

Jennifer Aniston Cells (Quiroga et al., 2005)Colin_blakemore - Copy

Jennifer Aniston Cells (spoof)

Color Vision (Young-Helmholtz v. Hering)

Oliver Sacks info   Obit

Sacks’ “Island of the Colour Blind”

Color Vision Demo

Oliver Sacks on Prosopagnoisia

Prosopagnosia Case

Prosopagnosia (more cases)


Dennett on the Binding Problem

Daniel Wolpert on Movement  [amusing cat follow-up]

Brain Transplant

[Frozen Addict]

Deep Brain Stimulation

Wilson & Baeske 1987

Libet and Free Will   (animated)

Libet presentation


Pfaus & Pinel  <=== Read this before Monday March 28!



LeDoux Interview (Emotion?)

Pleasure and Addiction

Sapolsky on Sexual Orientation and Gender

LeVay (1991)

Dr. LeVay in no way claims to have discovered the — or even a — cause of male sexual preference, but merely suggests he has detected something worth further investigation. He does say, however, that some of his gay friends and colleagues were pleased with the discovery. “They would say half humorously that they were sorry to hear about having something smaller in their brain than what’s found in heterosexual men,” said Dr. LeVay, “but most have reacted quite positively to the idea.” NYTimes, September 1, 1991

Breedlove on Sexual Orientation

Breedlove – OtoAcoustic Emissions

Breedlove Lecture – Prenatal Influences on Sexual Orientation (older)

More recent  – TED talk

Pfaus Lecture about Sex and Bondingslide0034_image022

Pfaus performance

Williams, et al., 2000


Optogenetic Stimulation of LH -> Feeding

Diet Soda and Obesity (CBS News)



LeDoux on the Amygdala (big think)

Amygdaloids “Fearing”  [“Mind over Matter”]

Amygdala lesions and fear – video from the lab of Jeansok Kim.
Robot’s View

Mouse & Weasel

Kluver-Bucy Syndrome (informative, amusing, and mostly correct overview)

Kandel on Systems Issues of Memory

Kandel on Synaptic Changes in Memory

Clive Wearing

HM Audio Interview 


May-Britt Moser – click for Nobel Lecture

Aplysia Habituation

Habituation wiring

David Glanzman – Aplysia & Learning

Grau – Spinal Learning

Thompson on the Cerebellum and Learning

   – video outtake 

Albion Students with Thompson & Shors

Thompson Wisdoids

Interpositus & Learning – figure

Shors Article for Class Discussion

    MK-801 in Earthworms

Water Maze

Place & Grid Cells – Burgess

NMDA Receptors:

Packard & Teather (1997)

Santini et al. (2001)

Quirk lab freezing

Andres Lozano: Adjusting the Circuits

Diamond – Enriched Environment

   – Diamond obituary

Jill Bolte Taylor – Stroke of Insight

Insel on Mental Illness

Letterman & Glover Night 1

Letterman Next Night

Li et al. (1997)



Note: Material below this is from earlier semesters.  It might still be useful.  New material will be added above this.=======

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