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This is the second of the introductory neuroscience courses. This course introduces concepts in Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience with emphasis on the organization of neural systems/subsystems underlying sensory/motor aspects of behavior. Topics include: sensorimotor integration, vestibular system, visual and auditory systems. Students must learn to read scientific papers, and to understand the main ideas well enough to synthesize them and communicate them both orally and in writing. The course is writing intensive and is required for students majoring in neuroscience but is open to all students with the required prerequisites. The course consists of two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week A 10-15 page term paper, and a 4-6 page draft of this term paper are required.

 

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Directional tuning of biceps motor units: as force direction departs from the unit's best direction, the unit is recruited later. Each 2 s trace is aligned at force onset and was recorded with intramuscular electrodes, as a human subject produced force against an immovable transducer strapped to the wrist.  Force ramps in various directions were produced by combinations of shoulder and elbow muscle activation, and the "best direction" for this biceps unit was straight up (red).  The orange and yellow panels correspond to forces 18 and 36 degrees forward (top panels) or back (bottom panels) from the best direction.
   

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