Fundamentals of Neuroscience

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Introduction[edit]

Welcome to the Fundamentals of Neuroscience course at Wikiversity! This course provides a general introduction to the most essential principles of neuroscience, from neuron to perception, intended to give a strong foundational understanding of the human brain and nervous system so that this foundation can be expanded on by more advanced topics like those found elsewhere in Topic: Neuroscience.

Lessons[edit]

A Chimpanzee brain

Conceptual Overviews:

Lesson 1: What is Neuroscience?

Lesson 2: Neural Cells

Lesson 3: Neural Signaling

Lesson 4: Classification of the Nervous System

Lesson 5: Divisions of the Brain


Focused Topics:

Lesson 6: Development

Lesson 7: Sleep

Lesson 8: Memory

Lesson 9: Language

Lesson 10: Emotion


Senses and Movement:

Lesson 11: Sight

Lesson 12: Hearing

Lesson 13: Taste and Smell

Lesson 14: Pain and Touch

Lesson 15: Movement


Disorders:

Lesson 16: Developmental Disorders

Lesson 17: Degenerative Disorders

Lesson 18: Psychiatric Disorders

Lesson 19: Injury Disorders

Lesson 20: Other Disorders


In addition, these supplemental lessons, which cover more technical topics, may be of interest:

Lesson A: Basic Cell Biology

Lesson B: Properties of Electrical Currents

Lesson C: Membrane Potential at Rest

Exams[edit]

Ready to test your knowledge? Go to the Exams section.

Instructor[edit]

If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to contact Kernsters.

References and Resources[edit]

  • The Human Brain Book, by Rita Carter, contains many great overviews that are similar in complexity level to these lessons
  • Brain Facts, published by the Society for Neuroscience, is a very good free resource, covering a broad aray of neuroscience topics at a comfortable depth
  • Neuroscience Online is a useful free-access and highly detailed textbook offered through the UTH Medical Center website.
  • Biology, by Campbell and Reece, has well-writen but fairly short chapters on many relevent topics, plus offers a firm grounding for those strugling with the biology aspects of the course
  • Robert Sapolsky's Human Behavioral Biology lecture series, which can be found free online, is highly informative and entertaining, although hovers in difficulty level at an intermediate or slightly greater range
  • Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, by Bear, Connors, and Paradiso is an excellent source of information at an advanced college level