Cellular Neurobiology

Spring 2017

For 4/18: Synaptic Transmission

Please come to class on April 18th having read chapter 12 in Basic Neurochemistry through the section on the four groups of receptors (up to page 249 in the printed book); you can skip the sections on methods for studying exocytosis... Continue Reading →


For 4/14: How Old Does Myelin Get?

As you've been reading about the myelin sheath, you might have been curious about how long those layers of myelin last. A research team was curious about this too and looked at how myelin changes over time. Read the abstract and introduction... Continue Reading →

Myelin Quiz

If you were absent or would like a copy to refer back to, here's the myelin quiz that was given during class.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the Media

Now that we've taken a good look at the action potential, you should be in good shape to look into transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS has been used for various studies, including some related to creativity. Last year, TMS research was picked up by... Continue Reading →

Action Potential Quizzes

If you weren't in class to receive these quizzes to test you knowledge on the action potential, you can download them here: action potential quiz 1 action potential quiz 2 Please complete and hand them in ASAP.

For 4/11: Myelin

Now that we've discussed the action potential, it's time to find out what allows it to propagate so quickly down certain axons: myelin! To prepare for class on April 11th, please read chapter 10 in Basic Neurochemistry through the subsection "Myelin... Continue Reading →

For 3/31: The Action Potential

At last, it's time to consider the action potential! Please prepare for our class discussion this Friday by reading at least one of the following: Two sections of Essential Cell Biology (if you still have your MCB textbook) in chapter 12... Continue Reading →

For 3/31: Willpower & Energy

Although willpower and ego depletion may be somewhat controversial, take a listen to this NPR conversation with John Tierney, coauthor of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. Note down points you think are important in this news story, to keep... Continue Reading →

For 3/21: Membrane Potential Reading

For class on March 21, please read the first three sections of chapter 4 in Basic Neurochemistry:  Membrane Potentials and Electrical Signals in Excitable Cells Action Potentials in Electrically Excitable Cells Functional Properties of Voltage-Gated Ion Channels You might find these... Continue Reading →

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