Introduction to the course Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function.
The ionic basis of the action potential, including the Hodgkin Huxley model.
The composition of the cell membrane.
Spatiotemporal dynamics of the membrane potential.
Action potential initiation and propagation.
Synaptic transmission and neurotransmitters
Neurotransmitter release in the presynaptic specialization.
Presynaptic short-term dynamics and plasticity.
Synaptic modulation through diffusing neurotransmitters.
Investigating the structure of synapses with electron microscopy.
Glutamate release after an action potential. Resulting post-synaptic potentials in a biophysically realistic situation.
Glutamatergic excitatory neuronal circuits.
The mechanisms behind changes in synaptic function created by learning.
Dendritic spines and their function.
GABAergic inhibition and its receptors.
A closer look at GABA_A receptor mediated fast inhibition.
How benzodiazepines act on GABA_A receptors.
Long-range inhibitory connections in the brain, with examples from three different systems.