Brain and Behavior Institute, 2005
Session 9
Neurons and How They Work: Potentials, Chemicals. Time, Inhibition


Neurons as input/output elements with intervening processing

Sensory neurons, motor neurons, interneurons

Significance of interconnections - topographic organization of sensory, motor neurons - patterns of activity

Significance of interconnections - locating/acknowleding the distinct "I-function"

What is "choice"? What is maximizing or satisfying? Optimism or pessimism? Male or female? Willing to try new things or reluctance to try new things?

Are these questions about neurons or about assemblies (architecture)?

From Neuroscience for Kids
Moving on: Neurons

Neuron as integrator with autonomy
Equivilence of signals
Inhibition, "thinking backwards"
Time delays in, among other things, "thinking"
Awareness of reality dependent on sensory transducers
General chemical influences

Key points re behavior:

In what ways does knowing something about neurons cause you to think differently about behavior? Write thoughts in Institute Forum Area