Systems Neuroscience
Fall semester 2017
INI415

Organizer: Daniel C. Kiper

Time: Tuesday, 8.00 am to 09:45 am
Location: Y35-F-32, Irchel Campus


First Lecture: Tuesday 19.9.2017

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 (kiper@ini.ethz.ch)! See you on the 19th for the first lecture!

The exam is a multiple-choice written exam that takes place on the last day of the course: Tue Dec. 19, 2017.

19.9. D. Kiper - Introduction
26.9. K. Martin - Visual system 1
3.10. K. Martin - Visual system 2
Here are visual system slides.
Exercises for Week 1 and 2:
Read the following chapters on:
- Visual psychophysics
- Visual cortex

10.10 . K. Martin - Auditory system 1
Here are slides for the auditory lectures.
Exercise for the auditory system: Read (und understand) this paper.

17.10: D. Kiper: Somatosensory system I
Here are the slides.
Exercises for the somatosensory system:
- Do the experiment described here.
- Read and understand this review of the rodent's barrel system.

24.10. K. Martin - Auditory system II
Exercises, see above.

31.10: D. Kiper: Somatosensry system II
Exercises, see above.

7.11: D. Kiper: Vestibular and chemical senses
Exercise will be explained in class.

14.11: D. Kiper: Motor systems
Exercise: watch D. Wolpert's TED talk.

21.11: D. Kiper: End of motor systems, autonomic nervous system.

28.11: D. Kiper, Limbic system. This week, the course starts exceptionally at 8.00amĘ.