PRE-REQUISITES: General human physiological
studies in the previous semester.
Brain mechanisms in sensation and perception are Analyzed in detail for vision, hearing
touch, and for the position sense arising from muscles, joints and the vestibular
apparatus. Segments are also included on nerve transmitters and neuromodulators; neural mechanisms in certain higher
functions, e.g. language
memory; and nervous
The sensorimotor mechanisms responsible for the control of fine movement and postural
are also studied at different levels of the nervous system, from the sensory
and motor nerves within muscles through to the highest levels of
cerebral cortical function. Experimental work introduces the student to electrophysiological and other neuroscience research techniques, and in seminar-discussion groups to a critical evaluation of
neuroscience research literature.
During the course the students
State the basic
components of the central nervous system. b.
Discuss the properties
and lesion manifestations for each.
d. Identify the basal ganglia, extrapyramidal system and the clinical significance of each.