NEU 339 / PSY 339
Brain and Movement
This course covers the brain control of movement with an emphasis on how the cerebral cortex of the primate brain coordinates meaningful behavior. The topics range from the low-level control of muscles by motor cortex and the spinal cord, to the highest levels of interaction between the motor system and cognitive function. For example, the machinery for motor control may play a direct role in social cognition. The course begins with the discovery of motor cortex in 1870. It then covers a network of cortical and subcortical areas that together control movement and guide movement on the basis of cognitive decision and sensory input.
Sample reading list:
Graziano, The Intelligent Movement Machine
Rizzolatti and Sinigaglia, The functional role of the parieto-frontal mirror circuit
Nummenmaa L, Calder AJ., Neural mechanisms of social attention
Goodale MA, Milner AD., Separate visual pathways for perception and action
About 50 pages of reading per week. Consists of classical original research articles and review chapters.
Mid Term Exam - 50%
Final Exam - 50%
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.
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