Lecture42 - BioNB222 Cornell University Spring 2008 C D...

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BioNB222 Spring 2008 Cornell University C. D. Hopkins 1 Lecture 42. Neuroethology Reading Assignment Marder, E. (2002). Non-mammalian models for studying neural development and function. Nature 417 , 318-21. (Link is available on course website) Lecture Outline Neuroethology is the biological approach to the study of the neural basis of behavior. The perspective is that which is called 'ethological' which emphasizes the causation, the development, the evolution, and the function of behavior studied on an animal’s own turf. The neurobiological methods for studying mechanisms of behavior are as diverse as the field of neuroscience itself. Some students may despair that there is no hope in understanding the diversity of brains, much less the diversity of organisms, and would prefer to simply focus on human nervous systems exclusively. In this lecture we emphasize how some advances in neuroscience would not have been possible without model systems of odd and exotic species; we will
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