9.02 Brain Laboratory

Spring 2002

Histological stains and fluorescent tracers of fiber tracts, structures, and cells in the brain.
Histological stains and fluorescent tracers of fiber tracts, structures, and cells in the brain. (Courtesy of Serkan Oray.)

Course Highlights

This course is an experimental course that shows students how to perform experiments on and with brain tissue. The site features a selection of labs along with associated study materials, and assignments tailored for upperclass undergraduates.

Course Description

Consists of a series of hands-on laboratories designed to give students experience with common techniques for conducting neuroscience research. Included are sessions on anatomical, ablation, neurophysiological, and computer modeling techniques, and ways these techniques are used to study brain function. Each session consists of a brief quiz on assigned readings that provide background to the lab, a lecture that expands on the readings, and that week's laboratory. Lab reports required. Students receive training in the art of scientific writing and oral presentation with feedback designed to improve writing and speaking skills. Assignments include two smaller lab reports, one major lab report with revision, and an oral report.

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Staff

Instructor(s):
Prof. Earl Miller
Prof. Sonal Jhaveri

Course Meeting Times

Labs:
One session / week
4 hours / session

Level

Undergraduate