Lecture 1- Introduction I
Relationship between mind and brain?
What is the mind?
How can the human mind be understood?
o Historically a problem for philosophers, theologians-introspection
o Scientists- create hypotheses and theories t explain what
Lecture 1c continued: Cellular Organization in the Cerebral Cortex
6 layers of cerebral cortex
Brodmanns areas- defined based on what the cells look like, many areas based on
Anatomical areas- identify regions divided by gyri
Book Ch 1: Thomas Willis 1600s- damage to brain could influence behavior, cerebral cortex is seat of what makes us human Microarchitecture of distinct brain regions could support localizationist view of brain, but these areas are interconnected- Ramon y C
Lecture 4: Perception I
Electromagnetic neuroimaging methods:
o Time resolution
o EEG (electroencephalogram)
Synchronous inputs to pyramidal cells- summation of extracellular fields. Sum up
best when all cells lined up in same way (h
Demonstrate that you have a blind spot. Describe your experience and what it tells you about
Due Thursday before class
Assignment # 1
In order to demonstrate to myself that I had a blind spot in vision, I looked at a handout
from a class I had take
Lecture 2: Brain Foundations for Cognitive Science
Axons can be really long
Semi-permeable lipid bilayer, with embedded proteins
o Ionic concentration gradients
o Resting potential (-70mV)negative charge on
Chapter 3- The Structural Basis of Awareness
Broca's area- left frontal lobe damage, disorders of language
Spontaneous electrical activity of living brain-Caton 1875
Berger - electroencephalogram. Electrical oscillations on scalp
Chapter 2: The Brain
o Smallest independent living units of the body
o Full complement of genetic material, consumes energy, generates waste, repairs self
o Branching dendrites receive signals from other neurons
o Cell body contains nucleu
Chapter 1: Consciousness, self consciousness, and conscience
o Conscious as "awake"
o Conscious as "aware of"
the contents of consciousness in this sense are sensory or perceptual.
Changeful, based on personal experiences.
"the current conte
Assignment 1: Demonstrate to yourself that you have a natural blind spot in vision. Write
about how you experienced it and what this experience tells you about how vision works.
1/2 - 1 page single spaced. 9:30AM Thursday due
CNS = brain and
Brain Damage and The Mind
Annenberg Hall Room G15, Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
Professor Ken Paller
Department of Psychology
Cresap 210, office hrs: Tu 3-4 PM
Cindy Xiong and Sa