Fundamentals of Neuroscience
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.
- 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
Senses and Movement:
- Lesson 11: Sight
- Lesson 12: Hearing
- Lesson 13: Taste and Smell
- Lesson 14: Pain and Touch
- Lesson 15: Movement
- 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
Ready to test your knowledge? Go to the Exams section.
If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to contact Kernsters.
References and Resources
- Topic: Neuroscience includes a wide variety of wikipedia and wikiversity topics
- 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 array 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-written 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