Fundamentals of Neuroscience Part 1: Electrical Properties of the Neuron - Harvard University



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  • Kurs
  • Online
  • Wann:
    Freie Auswahl

Discover what makes your brain tick in this first module of a three-part introductory series in neuroscience.
With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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Voraussetzungen: There are no formal requirements for MCB80x, though prior background in biology, chemistry and/or physics is helpful. Textbook: There is no required textbook to buy. We link to related text in open-source Neuroscience textbooks online Lab kits: Lab kits are optional, but if you want to start doing some hands-on science at home alongside our DIY Lab section, you can buy a SpikerBox from our partners at Backyard Brains. We recommend getting a 2=Channel SpikerBox, but a single-channel SpikerBox works for most of the experiments we do.


Wo und wann

Beginn Lage
Freie Auswahl

Was lernen Sie in diesem Kurs?

Fundamentals of Neuroscience


Fundamentals of Neuroscience is a three part course that explores the structure and function of the nervous system -- from the microscopic inner workings of a single nerve cell, to the staggering complexity of the brain, and beyond to the social interactions and societal dynamics that our brains make possible.

In this first module we’ll look at how individual neurons use electricity to transmit information.  We’ll invite you to build up a neuron, piece by piece, using interactive simulations, and we’ll take you on field trips in and around Harvard and Boston, bring you into the lab, and show you how to conduct DIY neuroscience experiments on your own.

Lessons will include video content, interactive content, forum spaces associated with the lessons, and in Lessons 3, labs and lab content.

You can move around within the lessons at your own pace. The only 'graded' part of the course is your final exam. You don't have to get everything correct to 'complete' lessons, you just have to engage with the content! 

What you'll learn

  • Fundamental concepts of neuroscience
  • Resting potential
  • Passive membrane properties
  • Action potentials, and action potential propagation

Zusätzliche Informationen

David Cox David Cox is an Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Computer Science, and is a member of the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University. He completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT with a specialization in computational neuroscience.
His laboratory seeks to understand the computational underpinnings of visual processing through concerted efforts in both reverse- and forward-engineering. To this end, his group employs a wide range of experimental techniques (ranging from microelectrode recordings in living brains to visual psychophysics in humans) to probe natural systems, while at the same time actively developing practical computer vision systems based on what is learned about the brain.