9.02 Brain Laboratory

As taught in: Spring 2002

Four photos of 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. (Photos courtesy of Serkan Oray.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Earl Miller

Prof. Sonal Jhaveri

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.