MCDB 421 - Topics in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Section: 001 Computation and Sensory Processing in Neocortex
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)
Department: LSA Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
BIOLOGY 225 and PSYCH 230 or NEUROSCI 601.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
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This seminar course explores canonical computations of cerebral cortex in the context of sensory processing. The aim is to understand organization principles of sensory cortical circuits and how such organization enables an array of computations that give rise to sensation and perception. Classes alternate between a lecture providing an overview of that week’s topic and discussion of current literature. Each week students will be assigned one to two papers for discussion, to be led by the students. We will cover following topics.

  • Overview: anatomy of sensory cortex, synaptic transmission
  • Cell-types in sensory cortex with emphasis on inhibitory interneurons
  • Cortical microcircuits: synaptic organization, motifs, computational implications
  • Organization of cortical networks
  • Long-range projections in cortex: Thalamo-cortical loop, Cortico-cortical loop
  • Neuromodulatory systems
  • Population coding of sensory information
  • Signal and noise in cortex
  • Learning: models and experiments

MCDB 421 - Topics in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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