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Oral exam


The course requires basic knowledge of cellular neurophysiology, molecular and cellular biology and is aimed at students of the master's degree


 The course aims to show examples of how neural circuits can solve important problems regarding the coding and analysis of nerve signals based on their functional and anatomical organization. In the first part of the course the main methods of recording brain responses will be illustrated. We will then go on to show examples deriving mainly from the organization of circuits in stations of sensory systems, which highlight the relationship between morphology, molecular and synaptic organization and circuit function. Finally, examples of circuit plasticity will be shown by defining the rules of induction and consolidation of plasticity phenomena.

Educational aims

Provide a critical picture of basic aspects of the neural processing of stimuli and of the plasticity of the circuits. Describe the main methods used.

Bibliographical references

The teaching material consists of reviews and articles that will be provided by the teacher, for the basic aspects you can consult Principles of Neuroscience by Kandel et al., Casa Editrice Ambrosiana or its original english edition