Systems Neuroscience


Course Objective

- Understanding of approaches to study the central nervous system in an
integrated and multidisciplinary way with a strong focus on how the
complexity of the brain is required for complex behaviour.
- The ability to write a research proposal from a systems neuroscience

Course Content

Systems Neuroscience is a "way of life": approaching the study of the
central nervous system in an integrated and multidisciplinary way. Once
learned in an exemplar system, the systems approach can be applied to
essentially any functional system in the CNS. In this course we will
restudy the organization of essential systems, such as the sensory and
motor systems, associational systems, autonomic nervous system and
hypothalamus, etc. This will to a large extent consist of
textbook-based homework assignments with short presentations and
discussion. The core of the course will take examples of systems
involved in learning and memory, in particular those involved in
declarative learning and memory. Based on selected review- type
papers/chapters we will a) follow the development of concepts over
time; b) discuss the relationship between technology-development and
experimental approaches c) study and discuss different approaches and
d) integrate those into a concept of systems neuroscience.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, homework assignments, presentations, and tutored discussions.
Contact hours: 24
Selfstudy 48

Method of Assessment

Self-study with evaluations by way of presentations and discussions;
final thesis on a self-selected topic.

Entry Requirements

From Molecule to Mind or similar advanced neuroscience course


Kandel ER, Schwartz JH, Jessell TM Principles of Neural Science, 2000,
4th edition, McGraw Hill, ISBN 0-07-112000-9. All chapters
This book will be used in the course as background literature and for a
large part of self study assignments. Other literature will be provided
during the course or will be self-selected.

Additional Information

prof dr Taco de Vries; Dr P Voorn

Guest lecturers: dr Nathan Marchant, dr Tommy Pattij, dr Ysbrand van
der Werf, dr Ingo Willuhn, dr Matthew Self

Recommended background knowledge

Basic neuroscience

General Information

Course Code AM_470712
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. T.J. de Vries
Examiner prof. dr. T.J. de Vries
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Study Group