Systems Neuroscience
Fall semester 2018

Organizer: Daniel C. Kiper

Time: Tuesday, 8.15 am to 10:00 am
Location: To announced, check the UZH Vorlesungsverzeichnis

First Lecture: Tuesday 18.9.2018

This course focuses on the treatment of information in primate cortex. We will learn about the sensory, motor, and cognitive systems that underlie human behavior. In addition to the lectures, we have one hour of exercises each week. These will consist in readings you have to do, as well as practical excercises. You will be informed about these requirements in the course of the lectures. There will be a final exam that covers the material covered in the lectures, and the additional readings given as exercises.

If you'd like to consult a good text book, I recommend: "Principles of Neural Science", edited by Kandel, Schwartz and Jessell, 4th edition.

Language: English (but you can speak german...)

If you have a question, just contact me ( (please note that I will be away from Sept. 4 until Sept. 30, 2018)!

The exam is a multiple-choice written exam that takes place on the last day of the course: Tue Dec. 18, 2018.

18.9.2018: Guest lecturer: Dr. W. von der Behrens: general overview of the nervous system

25.9.2018: Guest lecturer: G. Schuhknecht: Learning and Memory

2-9.10.2018: Vision
Mandatory reading: an overview of the visual system
Additional reading (not mandatory):
- simple anatomy of the retina
- overview of retinal function
- primary visual cortex

16.10.2018: Auditory system

23.10.2018: Motor system, special guest: Dr. Y. Sandamirskaya
APOLOGIES: Dr. Sandamirskaya got sick and didn't have any mean to reach you, or me.
We will catch up with motor systems in a future lecture.

30.10.2018 Somatosensory system.
Hier is the mandatory reading (exercise) for the auditory system.

6.11.2018 and 20.11.2018
Vestibular and chemical senses.


Motor system, special guest: Dr. Y. Sandamirskaya
(we will continue with the chemical senses next week).
Here are the slides for the motor system lecture.
Mandatory reading for the somatosensory system (barrel system).
Optional reading for somatosensory system: human somatosensory system.
Mandatory reading for vestibular system.

Autonomic nervous system

The limbic system
Optional reading: review of hippocampus

Here are 12 sample exam questions.

Language in the brain