PSY*410*10 Description

Neuroscience Research Methods

This course will explore the physiological and behavioral basis of two major sources of neurological dysfunction: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neurodegenerative diseases, mostly Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD). Understanding TBI at the cellular and systems levels of the brain is important for understanding typical behavioral outcomes and for investigating why TBI is a major risk factor for multiple neurodegenerative diseases. The seminar/class portion of the course will use primary literature to explore brain areas, pathologies, and research approaches in TBI, AD, and PD. The lab will focus on established live rodent models of TBI, including the surgical and special care needs of the rodents and the translation of these models into clinical application. Part of the lab will involve the use of rodent brain tissues to determine proteins of interest common to both TBI and neurodegenerative diseases. Lab will also involve the design, implementation, and analysis of an original research project.