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

Course Evaluation:To attend and participate in classes, present at least two journal articles, and write the final essay.
20% – for presenting articles and participation in the class discussion about the selected articles.
20% – for formal seminar presentations topical to the lecture at two different times.
60% – for final essay, due the last day of the term.
In the final essay (5000–6000 words), graduate students will be required to properly cite at least 30 journal articles.
At least 20 of these must be original research papers (not reviews), including at least 10 papers that were not covered in the class.
Graduate students will be required to show a greater depth of original synthesis and application of the concepts to a real life situation.
Graduate students will require approval of their essay topic, but will not have to submit a formal proposal.

Bibliography:
All course material will be organized at the following website: www.yorku.ca/jdc/courses/6260/ with supplementary recent literature supplied by course director as required.

Assigned weekly from journals such as:
Annual Review of Neuroscience
Trends in Cognitive Science
Trends in Neuroscience
Current Opinion in Neurobiology
Nature Neuroscience Reviews
Science
Nature
Nature Neuroscience
Neuron
Journal of Neuroscience
Journal of Neurophysiology
Cerebral Cortex
Journal of Vision
Vision Research
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience