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Course Director: Jed Shumsky, Ph.D.
WELCOME TO THE NEUROSCIENCE COURSE
hope you will find the course exciting and challenging. Every year,
the course is modified and updated. This year we have enhanced, still
further the availability of self-study material through the Neuroscience
WEB page, particularly by providing both labeled and unlabelled versions
of the slide material used in lab. Please give us feedback throughout
the course so that we can continue this process.
Handouts will provide an outline of
the material to be covered in lecture, and will provide details only on
information not available in the text . Figures from the required texts
will be referred to in the lecture, but will not be duplicated in the
handout, so it is essential to bring the texts with you to lectures. Handouts
should not be used as a substitute for the required texts, and examinations
will assume that you are familiar with the material in both the handout
and the required texts.
USE OF THE BRAIN ATLAS:
Formal laboratory sessions have been
reduced in recent years, to permit more review sessions. You must purchase
a lab atlas (we recommend the atlas by Woolsey et al, and the lab manual
refers to pages in this atlas. However, you can use one of the other recommended
atlases if you wish. ) Your lab atlas will be an essential part of your
self-study in addition to being a required aid during laboratories. It
will be your responsibility to identify, in the atlas, any neuroanatomical
structure which is described in lectures, even if you do not have a laboratory
session on that structure or topic. For example, in the lecture on somatosensory
systems, you will learn about the ventral posterior nucleus of the thalamus.
You should then use your atlas to identify this structure in coronal,
horizontal and sagittal sections. Thus, although there will be no specific
laboratory devoted to somatosensory systems, you will be expected to be
able to identify this structure in atlas material in a practical examination.
In addition, during labs, you will be expected to locate, in your atlas,
sections equivalent to those shown in laboratory slides. So, remember
that, for practical exam questions, you will be expected to be able to identify any neuroanatomical structure which is described in lectures,
even if you do not have a laboratory session on that structure or topic.
Sections from the recommended atlas texts may be included in material
used for practical exam questions.
The laboratory sessions are organized to
accomplish the following goals:
Many laboratory sessions will be split, so that the
first part of the session will be devoted to the above goals, and the second
part will involve review sessions in small groups (students will be divided
into 3 groups for review sessions).
- in all labs except spinal cord labs,
you will use the gross brain material, in conjunction with models of
the ventricles, to identify and localize all structures; this will help
you develop a three dimensional image of the brain.
- you will also use the atlas, and
images from the atlas available on CD, to confirm localizations of specific
structures, in coronal, frontal, horizontal and sagittal
sections. Brain images on the web will be displayed during the lab.
Each lab group must bring one laptop computer to each lab, in
order to display these images.
- you will study supplementary laboratory
material which will be available either as slides, and on the WEB.