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?
Week 3) Cockroach nerve cord, nerve conduction, use of natural and electrical stimuli, oscilloscope as recorder
Week 4) Locust breathing: motor control
Weeks 5&6) Drosophila eye photoreceptors: computer based stimuli-acquisition
Protocol Data (use the Dasyview program to open these .ddf files)
Week 7) Fly neuromuscular junction – confocal microscopy
Protocol Data (use ImageJ to open these .lsm files)
Week 8) CNS: Intracellular recording technique from snail neuronsProtocol
Week 9) Discussion of data and planning writeup
Suggestions for PPT and writeup (2 pages max 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?
Week 10) Available in case of problems!
Software - if these are not on your system, you can download the software for free:
Chris Elliott 26 Oct 2012