SSC : Experiments in Neuroscience
1) Introduction to nervous system
nerve conduction and synapses.
Introduction to apparatus.
Lab courtesy and safety
Week 2) Cockroach leg: sensory transduction – what information is encoded?
Protocol Leg recordings
Week 3) Cockroach nerve cord, nerve conduction, use of natural and electrical stimuli, oscilloscope as recorder
Week 4) Locust breathing: motor control
Protocol Muscle recording
Week 5) Fly neuromuscular junction – confocal microscopy
Weeks 6) Photoreceptors: computer based stimuli-acquisition
Discussion of data and planning writeup
Suggestions for writeup (~1500 words text, + figures each on a separate page with a short legend):
Introduction: Background to organism/part of nervous system used.
Method: very brief, outline in 1 or 2 sentences (we followed the protocol...)
Results: show data recordings, describe the prominent features, e.g. firing rate of action potentials, effect of maintained v transient stimuli
Discussion: what general conclusions do you draw? Any similar data form other experiments in this series/literature?
Please put figures on separate pages at the end of the text
Please use a consistent format for the refernces - either  or (Smith & Jones, 1999) formats are acceptable.
Software - if these are not on your system, you can download the software for free:
Elliott 26 Feb 2014