BIOL 5135 3.0:VISUAL SPATIAL MEMORY and GOAL-DIRECTED ACTION

(Cross–listed with PSY 6260 3.0 & KAHS 6260 3.0 and integrated with PSY 4360 3.0)
Host: Psychology . NOTE: Biology cross-listed to be finalized.  If not finalized by start of course, please request permission from Psychology Graduate Program to enrol in PSYCHOLOGY course.

Course Description:
This course examines how the brain represents, updates, and transforms spatial information from the senses, primarily vision, into goal-directed movements of the eyes, head, and hand. For details, see: www.yorku.ca/jdc/6260.html.

Classes normally consist of a short lecture followed by seminar/journal club presentations by students and general discussion. Students will receive constructive feedback about their presentations and advice about writing their final essay.

Co– or Pre–requisites
Students must have at least one introductory neuroscience or animal psychology course such as PSYC 2240 Biological Bases of Behaviour, BIOL 3060 Animal Physiology, KINE 3650 Functional Neuroanatomy, or equivalent.

Pre/Corequisites: one or more of PSY 250 (Neural Basis of Behaviour), PSYC 3260 (Cognition), PSYC 3270 (Sensation and Perception II), BIOL 4370 (Neurobiology), KINE 4500 (Neural Control of Movement), KINE 4505 (Neurophysiology of Movement in Health and Disease) or equivalent.

The combination of KAHS 6155 Fundamentals of Neuroscience with PSYC 6253 Fundamentals of Neuroscience II is also satisfactory as a pre/co–requisite.

Student Background:
This course is primarily intended for students who are doing research in the area of, or have a special interest in, visual-motor neuroscience. It is recommended that students have a background in neuroscience, vision, and/or motor control because the course goes into and integrates advanced current topics. The course also aims to teach skills in scientific presentation.

Course Insructor:
Dr. Douglas Crawford
Office: 1012B Computer Science and Engineering Bldg.
Telephone: 416-736-2100
Ext: 88621
e-mail: jdc@yorku.ca

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