Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Upon successful completion of this course the student will...

    - know how the brain is built up and how different brain-regions work together, and how complex nervous systems have evolved.
    - be able to explain how electric signals are generated in nerve cells and how these travel along the axon.
    - be able to explain how synaptic transmission works and how different drugs or poisons affect neurotransmission.
    - know how the processing of the somatosensory system works and how the nervous system interacts with the endocrine system.
    - be able to explain the importance of neuron-glia interactions for brain function.
    - know the brain regions involved in speech and language, and you can also determine how speech/language deficits arise in patients.
    - be able to explain how the senses (sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch) transmit information from your surroundings to your brain.

    The course Neurosciences is divided in three main themes: neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and the brain as part of the organism. You will learn about these themes of the brain through lectures, practicals and a homework assignment.

    1: Neuroanatomy
    Here you will learn about various different parts of the central and peripheral nervous system. This part consists of lectures, a homework
    assignment where you work with a digital atlas of the human brain and a practical in which you will work with human brain specimens. Finally, you can test your knowledge in a "power-repeat" quiz-based lecture.

    2: Neurophysiology
    In this part we will study brain function on the cellular level, how neurons transmit information. You will learn how fundamental ions like
    sodium and potassium carry much of our highly complex thoughts and emotions and you will learn how signals between cells can be transmitted and modulated. Furthermore, you will record real action potentials from the axon of a worm and here you can also test your
    knowledge in a quiz-based "power-repeat".

    3. Brain as part of the organism
    The third part zooms out and couples brain function to everyday functions such as speaking, seeing, feeling pain or stress and your
    day-night cycle, the circadian rhythm. You will learn in different lectures how the cellular principles of brain function underlie complex behaviour that you experience everywhere around you.

    Homework assignments

    Exam: multiple choice test (100% of final grade)

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