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Neurological basis of behavior: Course Outline(Apsy-413)

The neural basis of self is the idea of using modern concepts of neuroscience to describe and understand the biological processes that underlie human's perception of self-understanding. The neural basis of self is closely related to the psychology.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introduction                                     

Historical background

Current trends and contribution of behavioral neuroscience

Unit 2: Structure and function of Nervous system

Neurons and glial cells

The neurons: neuronal characteristics, types, transmission and communication system

Neuro anatomical directional terms and planes of references

Structure of nervous system

The central nervous system: Forebrain, Mid brain, Hind brainand Spinal cord

Peripheral nervous system : Somatic and Autonomic Nervous system

Unit 3: Methods and strategies of studying the brain

Experimental ablation

Histological methods

Unit 4: Neurochemistry

Major neurotransmitters : Dopamine, Nor Epinephrine, Serotonin, Acetylecholine,  GABA

Unit 5: Glands

Endocrine glands, Effect of hormones on human behavior

Course Outline

Unit 6: Emotions

Hormonal changes in emotions

Involvement of brain in emotions 

Unit 7: Memory

Involvement of

brain in memory

Memory disorders 

Unit 8: Human Communication

Brain mechanisms involved

in speech production

and speech comprehension

Speech disorders 

Unit 9: Neurological disorders

Epilepsy , Parkinson’s disease ,

Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease ,

Huntington’s disease 

Unit 10: Brain damage

Causes of brain damage: brain tumors, cerebrovascular disorders,

closed head injuries, infections of the brain, neurotoxins, genetic factors


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