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Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne via edX

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Brain and behavior are inextricably linked in neuroscience. The function of the brain is to govern behavior, and the aim of this course is to causally link biophysical mechanisms with simple behaviors studied in mice. The brain processes information through the concerted activity of many neurons, which communicate with each other through synapses organised in highly dynamic networks. The first goal of the course is to gain a detailed understanding of the structure and function of the fundamental building blocks of the mammalian brain, its synapses and neurons. The second goal is to understand neuronal networks, with specific emphasis on the interactions of excitatory glutamatergic and inhibitory GABAergic neurons. The third goal is to place neuronal network function in the context of sensory processing ultimately leading to behavioral decisions and motor output.

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This course provides a fascinating look into the world of neuroscience, with emphasis on the physics and biochemistry that drive cognition, learning, and behavior. I found discussions of the in vivo experimental techiniques to be especially interesting, and I came away with newfound hope for our development of safe and effective treatments for a number of pernicious conditions.
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