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HumBio91Q Sophomore Seminar: Neuroethology: The Neural Control of Behavior. Stanford Introductory Seminar Preference to Sophomores Animal Behavior offers insights-about evolutionary adaptations.The origins of the study of animal behavior and its development to the present. Discussion of original research papers. The use and misuse of parallels between animal and human behavior. Winter Quarter GER:DB-NatSci

THINK 15: How Does Your Brain Work - How to learn to formulate questions about the brain that are observable, testable, and answerable? What is the relationship between the biology and chemistry of the brain and the mind that lets us talk, walk, laugh, love, learn, remember, and forget?What might neuroscience reveal about what makes us human? The human brain is the most complex organ known. It has evolved over time by adapting to the various behavioral and environmental constraints. The validity of common beliefs about the brain and the structure of the brain and the nervous system; how the elements of the brain function and how together these units produce action. The brain evolved in response to natural selection like all other biological structures. Evolutionary comparisons that illuminate questions about brain function including: What are the origins and consequences of brain damage, how and where do drugs act, how do you collect information about the world and how do you interpret and understand it? Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course is directed at understanding the biological mechanisms of brain function, from its individual components to functioning brains. Students learn to analyze how the science of the brain has emerged through the study of experiments and other observations. In the final project, studentsl learn to critically assess, analyze, and write about a popular media representation of brain science from available scientific literature. Winter Quarter

BIOSCI20. Introduction to Brain and Behavior - (Same as HUMBIO21.) Evolutionary principles are used to understand how the brain and nervous system regulate behavior and are influenced by behavioral interactions. Topics include neuron structure and function, transmission of neural information, anatomy and physiology of sensory and mortor systems, regulation of body states, the biological basis of learning and memory, and behavioral abnormalities. GER:DB-NatSci, Next taught Autumn Quarter 2015-16

BIOSCI163/263. Neural Systems and Behavior - (Same as HUMBIO163) The field of neuroethology and the vertebrate and invertebrate model systems. Research-oriented presentations of how nervous system controls species specific befahviors. Readings include reviews and original research papers. How animal brains compare; how neural circuits are adapted to species-typical behavior; and how the sensory worlds of different species represent the world. Prerequisites: BIOSCI42, HUMBIO4A, or equivalents.