BIO-499 / 4 credits

Teacher(s): Kochubey Olexiy, Schneggenburger Ralf

Language: English


Summary

Motivated behaviors fulfil the basic physiological needs of animals and enable their safety. In this course, you will learn about the neuronal circuits that detect potential dangers in the environment, sense internal states of the animals and initiate appropriate behavioral responses.

Content

Keywords

animals, physiology, homeostasis, mouse model, brain anatomy, neuronal connectivity, neurotransmitters, glutamate, GABA, neuropeptides, physiological needs, safety, danger, fear, social behavior, associative learning, valence of a sensory percept

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

BIO-482 (Neuroscience: cellular and circuit mechanisms)

Recommended courses

BIO-311 (Neuroscience)

BIO-377 (Physiology by Systems)

Important concepts to start the course

Good knowledge about basic neuroscience; curiosity and willingness to learn about new concepts.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Systematize the knowledge of the methods used in research on neuronal circuits
  • Assess / Evaluate critically the conclusions of a research paper in the area of neuronal circuit function in motivated behaviors
  • Explain the basic functioning of neuronal circuits and their underlying functional neuroanatomy
  • Design prototypic experiments testing the function of neuronal circuits in motivated behavior
  • Draw simple circuit diagrams, which include the actions of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, to illustrate the basic function of a neuronal / endocrine regulation circuit

Transversal skills

  • Evaluate one's own performance in the team, receive and respond appropriately to feedback.
  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
  • Summarize an article or a technical report.

Teaching methods

Lectures (2h weekly); Exercises / group work with the teaching assistants (2h weekly)

Expected student activities

- read background literature to the lectures

- read assigned research papers

- prepare presentations to discuss research papers

- pro-actively prepare for lecture content ahead of time

- perform work in small groups to discuss the course contents with fellow students and the teaching assistants

Assessment methods

Thesis paper during semester (50%), and Written exam in exam period (50%)

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum No

Resources

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

No

Bibliography

Principles of Neural Science. Ed. by E.R. Kandel, J.H. Schwartz, T.M. Jessell et al., McGraw-Hill Education / Medical (2013)

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Neural circuits of motivated behaviors
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Neural circuits of motivated behaviors
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Neural circuits of motivated behaviors
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Neural circuits of motivated behaviors
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Neural circuits of motivated behaviors
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10   AAC137 
10-11    
11-12     
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17AAC137    
17-18    
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     

Monday, 16h - 18h: Exercise, TP AAC137

Thursday, 9h - 11h: Lecture AAC137

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