9.011 The Brain and Cognitive Sciences I

Fall 2002

Various images representing main topics in course.
These images demonstrate the breadth of subject matter in this course.
Image 1:  Midsagittal brain section.
Image 2:  Schematic representation of neural network:  Parallel interconnected nodes provide robust information processing in neuronal systems.
Image 3:  "Doogie" mouse over-expressing NR2B subunit of the NMDA receptor learns faster and remembers better. (Images by Nathan Wilson.)

Course Highlights

Each module of the course involves a series of overview lectures by a leading researcher in the field, complemented by opportunities for students to make presentations on primary research. By offering a thorough introduction to the current status of the discipline while emphasizing critical thinking, 9.011 aims to prepare students for an exciting and rapid beginning to their contributions as neuroscientists. Several lecture outlines are available in the study materials section.

Course Description

Survey of principles underlying the structure and function of the nervous system, integrating molecular, cellular, and systems approaches. Topics: development of the nervous system and its connections, cell biology or neurons, neurotransmitters and synaptic transmission, sensory systems of the brain, the neuro-endocrine system, the motor system, higher cortical functions, behavioral and cellular analyses of learning and memory. First half of an intensive two-term survey of brain and behavioral studies for first-year graduate students.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Matt Wilson
Prof. Earl Miller

Guest Lecturers:
Prof. Ann Graybiel
Prof. Peter Schiller
Prof. M. Christian Brown

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
3 hours / session