SSC : Experiments in Neuroscience

Rationale

Main objectives

Outline

Week 1) Introduction to nervous system of invertebrates, 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

Protocol

Week 4) Locust breathing: motor control

Protocol Muscle recording

Week 5) Fly neuromuscular junction – confocal microscopy

Protocol   Images

Weeks 6) Photoreceptors: computer based stimuli-acquisition

Protocol  ERGs

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 [1] or (Smith & Jones, 1999) formats are acceptable.

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Chris Elliott 26 Feb 2014