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Summary and thoughts on the course

The course is now coming to an end, only the exam is left. Throughout autumn and now early winter, we have learned a lot on the matter of neuroscience, and answered quizzes based on our knowledge. As well as attended … Continue reading

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Functional imaging and connectivity

In the exercise this week, we conducted a little EEG experiment. So, let’s talk a bit about where the signal comes from. Non-invasive functional brain imaging can’t detect the activity of a single neuron. The electromagnetic signals measured in EEG … Continue reading

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Visualizing the Brain

As this week’s topic was brain connectivity, one may find it an interesting question how different types of connectivity information can and should be displayed to the user. This tries to be a brief overview of some methods that have … Continue reading

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Using magnetic stimulation to combat depression

During this week, we attended two excursions. A topic that came up in parts of the trips was how depression can be treated using electroconvulsive therapy, and more specifically transcranial magnetic stimulation. The idea of doing this is fascinating, as … Continue reading

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Muscle control and the computational power of the subconsciousness

This week’s subject was muscle control in brain and spinal cord. The lecture and the book gave lots of information, but one simple anecdote greatly astonished me: details of walking are controlled by the spinal cord, not by the brain. … Continue reading

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Sound perception and tone deafness

This week’s topic was the auditory system in the brain, starting from the anatomy of the ear, ending with sound perception. Since valuable information of systems – especially in the brain – is often acquired by investigating disruptions and diseases … Continue reading

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The Visual System and Intuition

The visual system. That is what this week’s lecture and exercise session attempted to teach us about. The visual system is interesting in the sense, that it is the way through which us animals can infer the most information of … Continue reading

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Dopamine addiction and drug usage

This week during the lecture a subject which was touched on was dopamine paths and receptors in the brain. Since dopamine creates pleasurable feelings when released, it can be easy to be addicted to any activity which releases the substance. … Continue reading

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Serotonin and depression

Currently, the lectures of the course are very much concentrated on neurotransmitters. I will use this as an excuse to write about depression and it’s medication. As everything in neuroscience, depression can be seen from many different perspectives, and combining … Continue reading

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Modeling neurotransmitter receptors

The third lecture and Chapter 5 of the course book handled synaptic transmission – especially chemical synapses, which play a huge role in developing effective psychoactive drugs, which could help e.g. in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Chemical synapses … Continue reading

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