With the brain, the simple get complex real fast. I mean, we are talking about the most complex and sophisticated organ in the whole universe! But in the study of the brain, we often have to break it into several substudies: the neuroanatomy, the lobe, the region, the neuron. And that’s just the macroscopic brain. And that’s not even everything.
In my Neuro classes, we’ve delved deeper into understanding how and why action potentials occur, the structure and function of the brain, and the behavior it causes.
- Cognitive: Why do you have a mind so unique?
- Behavior: Mental illness and the like
- Systems: How does your eye see? How does your ear hear?
- Cellular: How do neurons fire action potentials and code responses to them?
- Molecular: How are neurotransmitters made?
In my NEUR100 Class, we were given a survey of all the neuroscience by understanding the basics of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience by understanding how neurotransmitters and agonists and antagonists work to fire action potentials, while in Model Systems we were learning about the eye and ear. In Behavioural Neuroscience, we studied Parkinson’s, Huntington’s chorea, and mental illness.