The nervous system is remarkable in its ability to learn, plan and control movements. Using a comparative approach from insects to humans, we will explore the neuroscience principles that underlie rhythmic movement, sensory-motor reflexes, motor learning, and decision-making. In the complementary lab portion of the course we will use LEGO robots to learn computational neuroscience techniques. Other lab projects will focus on biosignals, human motor learning and kinematic analysis. Motor disorders such as stroke, amputation, Parkinson’s and other diseases will be emphasized, as well as the corresponding approaches to neurorehabilitation.
Prerequisite: Psychology 150 or Biology 140/141