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Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

Special Master’s Program in Physiology

Neurophysiology & Behavior

Course # MCP8047  |  2 Credit Hours

Spring Semester  |  Syllabus (PDF)

Class Meets: MF 1:00–2:20 pm

Course Directors: Sarah Pixley, PhD  |  |  Phone: 513-558-6086
A John MacLennan, PhD  |  |  Phone: 513-558-0667

Neurophysiology is an intensive, stand-alone course developed for the Physiology Special Master’s Program that can also be taken (with the permission of the course director) by a very limited number of graduate students in other disciplines and selected undergraduate students with the appropriate prerequisites. This course is designed for students who do not have extensive neuroscience or neuroanatomical backgrounds, but who want to obtain an understanding of fundamental principles of neurophysiology. This course, Neurophysiology, covers cellular, molecular and systems level organization and function, from organization of sensory and motor systems to higher brain functions, including executive function,. This course will also provide an overview of current knowledge of the physiology underlying several major neurological disorders.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the cell types of the nervous system and their physiological roles
  • Describe the basic organization and regions of the human CNS and PNS, including spinal cord, brain stem, cerebellum, subcortical nuclei and cerebral cortex
  • Understand some of both the older and more recent methods used to study nervous tissues
  • Understand the physiology of the somatosensory system, from peripheral to central, including the major neural pathways, including the dorsal column/medial lemniscus (DCML) and trigeminal systems, as well as the systems transmitting pain and temperature
  • Understand the physiological organization of the visual system
  • Understand the physiological organization of the auditory and vestibular systems
  • Understand the physiology of motor function, the pathways leading from cerebral cortex to muscles and the role of upper and lower motor neurons in normal and disease states
  • Understand the physiological roles of the cerebellum, basal ganglia, thalamus and cortex, in both motor and emotional processing
  • Understand the physiology of the HPA stress axis and its interaction with metabolism
  • Understand the physiological organization of brain systems that deal with affective and anxiety disorders
  • Understand the physiological roles of specific brain regions in emotional processing
  • Understand multimodality cortical processing, especially in regard to executive function and attention, and in abnormal processing such as dementias
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Program Leadership

Bryan Mackenzie, PhD Email
Academic Director

Emma C Jones, BA Email
Educational Specialist

Katie Hobbing, PhD Email
Associate Director
(Admissions | Professional Development)

Roger T Worrell, PhD Email
Associate Director
(Capstone | Faculty Mentoring)