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Structure and Measurement of the Human Brain


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: Professor Matthew Longo
  • Assessment: a two-hour neuroscience class test (60%) and a two-hour physics class test (40%)

Module description

In this module we outline basic neuroanatomy and measurement of the human brain. You will be taught physiological and structural principles underlying the anatomical organisation of the brain and the functional segregation of higher cognitive functions, starting from the cellular level (synapses, action potentials) and working up to a more detailed consideration of the major anatomical divisions. Neurotransmitter systems and their role in defining functional architecture will be described. Major functional circuits will be outlined, with an emphasis on their anatomical organisation and connectivity. Aspects of how to measure the brain will be discussed.