Ion channels and the movement of ions across the cell membrane.
Action potentials, and biophysics of voltage-gated ion channels.
Voltage-gating kinetics of sodium and potassium channels.
The ionic basis of the action potential, including the Hodgkin Huxley model.
Action potential initiation and propagation.
Long-range inhibitory connections in the brain, with examples from three different systems.
Introduction to the types of glial cells, homeostasis (influence of cerebral blood flow and influence on neurons), insulation and protection of axons (myelin sheath; nodes of Ranvier), microglia and reactions of the CNS to injury.
How does the brain learn? This lecture discusses the roles of development and adult plasticity in shaping functional connectivity.