BCSC 241: Lecture Schedule

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(Schedule of class sessions with assignments: weekly write-up papers, assignment papers; note some papers may change)

Date
Topic
Readings
09/01
Course requirements; Introduction to sensory systems plus some techniques and tools
Kandel Chapter 21; Briggs 2017
09/06
Retina 1: Cell types, organization
Field & Chichilnisky, 2007; Dacey et al, 2014; Kandel Chapter 26
09/08
Retina 2: Building receptive fields
Field et al, 2010
09/13
Thalamus 1: Organization
Kaplan 2004; Weyand 2016; Hirsch et al, 2015
09/15
Thalamus 2: Functional properties
Soto-Sanchez et al, 2017
09/20
Primary Visual Cortex 1: Functional architecture
Van Hooser 2007; Nauhaus & Nielsen, 2014
09/22
Primary Visual Cortex 2: Receptive field transformations
Alonso & Reid, 1995
09/27
Primary Visual Cortex 3: Neurons, circuits
Callaway Chapter 25; Lee et al, 2016
09/29
Primary Visual Cortex 4: Computations
No write-up due, in-class discussion of Lee et al, 2016
09/30
Assignment 1 due @5PM
Roy et al, 2017
10/04
Extrastriate Cortex 1: Streams, connections
Sincich & Horton, 2005; Manning & Britten, 2017; Pasupathy et al, 2017; Roe et al, 2012
10/06
Extrastriate Cortex 2: Functional transformations
Freeman et al, 2013
10/11
No Class; Fall Break
 
10/13
Color vision
Conway, 2009; Mancuso et al, 2009
10/18
Corticothalamic Interactions 1: Structure, organization
Briggs & Usrey, 2008; Hasse & Briggs, 2017a; Sherman & Guillery, 2011
10/20
Corticothalamic Interactions 2: Function
Hasse & Briggs, 2017b
10/25
Eye movements 1: Sensorimotor integration
Sommer & Wurtz, 2008; Wurtz et al, 2011; Zirnsak et al, 2014
10/27
Eye movements 2: Neuronal mechanisms
No write-up due, in-class discussion of Zirnsak et al, 2014
10/28
Assignment 2 due @5PM
Kondo & Ohki, 2016 + Roth et al, 2016
11/01
Plasticity/Development 1: Neurons, circuits
Espinosa & Stryker, 2012
11/03
Plasticity/Development 2: Functional properties
Li et al, 2008
11/07
Final project topic proposal due @5PM for 541 graduate students only
 
11/08
Multisensory integration 1
Choi et al, 2018; Stein & Stanford, 2008
11/10
Multisensory integration 2
Wimmer et al, 2015
11/15
Guest Lecture Dr. Laurel Carney: Early auditory processing
Carney & Stevens Chapter; Carney Ch. 5; Romanski & Averbeck, 2009
11/17
Guest Lecture Dr. Manny Gomez-Ramirez: Primate Somatosensory System
Estebanez et al, 2018
11/22
Guest Lecture Dr. Liz Romanski: Auditory cortex structure, function
Rauschecker et al, 1995
11/23
Assignment 3 due @5PM
Joiner et al, 2017
11/24
No class; Thanksgiving Break
 
11/28
Final written exam proposal due @5PM
 
11/29
Somatosensory System of Rodents
Yu et al, 2016
12/01
Guest Lecture Dr. Krishnan Padmanabhan: Olfaction
Wilson & Mainen, 2006
12/06
Attention 1
Maunsell Chapter; Maunsell 2015
12/08
Attention 2
 
12/13
Attention 3
Zenon & Krauzlis, 2012 + Bogadhi et al, 2019
12/19
Final written exam due @5PM