Neuroscience is the study of how the 180 billion neurons and glial cells of the nervous system provide perception of the world around us, plan and control movement, and create the complex behaviors, memories, emotions, and thoughts that define us as individuals. To start, you will learn about the nervous system's structure and about the electrical and chemical signals that accomplish all those amazing feats. You will meet the homunculus when you study the basic concepts of sensory perception and movement control. You will see why sleep is so critical to effective brain functioning, especially to emotional control, memory, and creativity. You will study the changes in brain structure occurring not only during development, but throughout the lifespan. All through the course, we will use disorders of the nervous system to emphasize important concepts. PSYC 309U is a gateway course to a diversity of specialized neuroscience courses and to the Neuroscience major.
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