This survey course is designed to give students an overview of several different research areas in the field of neuroscience. Professors who are leaders in their fields present their research and future directions, to give the students a sense of what the field is and where it is going. The main questions yet to be answered will be raised, and each professor will explain how they are tackling these questions. The lecture notes give an outline and overview of each professor's presentation. The related resources provide areas for further exploration of the topics.
This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.
This series of research talks by members of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences introduces students to different approaches to the study of the brain and mind.
- From Neurons to Neural Networks
- Prefrontal Cortex and the Neural Basis of Cognitive Control
- Hippocampal Memory Formation and the Role of Sleep
- The Formation of Internal Modes for Learning Motor Skills
- Look and See: How the Brain Selects Objects and Directs the Eyes
- How the Brain Wires Itself
Neurobiology Assignments: Good Topics to Write a Paper on
Neurobiology covers a big field, so finding a good topic to write a paper on should not be hard. Right? In fact, like most subjects, especially those that cover a large area, can be hard. Even when the topic one thinks will keep them interested, can actually lead them to other topics that look just that way. So how to find a good Neurobiology assignment topic to write a paper on?
- Fine Tune your Topic
- Use other Topics as Subtopics
- Make sure your Topic is not too Big
- Sample Topics
Fine Tune Your Topic
Once the topic is found, it is important to see where the student wants to go with it. Many topics can go in many directions, as they each have different factors that affect different responses. So it is important to define the topic, and fine tune it with the writer’s ideas. For example Neurobiology of Traumatic Stress Disorder, might be focused on how severe stress overloads the system.
Use other Topics as Subtopics
Sometimes with many papers, once the topic has been found, other topics are thought of as well. And these also hold a high level of interest to the student. Don’t fight it. Use it. Some of these topics can actually tie into the main topic, and benefit the paper, so use them as subtopics. As with the example, maybe how an automotive accident affects the system, would support the stress overload topic.
Make sure your Topic is not too Big
Sometimes a student finds a topic that is so big, to could fill two to five books. This mega-topic needs to be broken down into a much smaller one. So staying with the example, this might be broken down to; “Neurobiology of Traumatic Stress Disorder, how severe physical stress overload the system”. This way the subtopic would still fit in with the main topic, and support it as well.
Here are a few sample topics that the student can use, or get ideas from. Feel free to use them either way.
- Neurobiology of Depression
- Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Emotional Responses
- Effects of Evolution
- Visual-Motor Control
- Neuronal Oscillations
- Neurocognitive Disorders
- Neurocognitive Diseases
- Behavior and Nerve Development
- Neurotransmission and Disruptors
- Neuroscience of Sensory Perception
- Circadian Timing
- Roger Sperry