How are brain states, such as sleep and wakefulness, attention, and motivation generated? How do these states affect sensory processing and behavior? How are memories encoded and stored, and how do brain states affect these processes? This course is aimed at providing students with an overview of recent studies using electrophysiological, genetic, and behavior techniques aimed at answering these questions.
Students will be evaluated on their ability to critically read recent journal articles, assessed by quizzes over the assigned readings and active participation in group discussions. A significant portion of the points earned in the class will come from writing a research proposal based on papers covered in the course, aimed at testing a novel hypothesis. All students will participate in peer review of the research proposals.
This course is limited to upper-level Biology, CMB, and Neuroscience concentrators, and graduate students.
There will be two ninety-minute classes each week. Classes will be a mixture of interactive lectures aimed at introducing new techniques or concepts, discussion of research articles, and group work.