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Motor Systems - October 15

Introduction to Neuroscience
Who Should Attend: 
High School Students
How does the brain control movement?


Dr. Nadjat Serradj's Photo
Research Scientist
Circuit Repair Laboratory
Burke Neurological Institute

Suggested Reading

  • Textbook Ch12 pgs 412-436
  • Textbook Ch13 pgs 454-463
  • Textbook Ch14 pgs 484-509

Lesson Objectives

  • Understanding that neurons are not randomly distributed throughout the brain. Neurons in the cortex that process sensory information from same regions in the body are clustered together. These orderly spatial arrangements of neurons are called representations, and together the representations form 'topographic maps'.
  • Understanding that topographical maps can be refined through skill learning or after an injury to the nervous system - this reorganization is referred to as 'brain plasticity'.
  • Understanding brain plasticity is mediated by altering connectivity between different brain regions.
  • Understanding how changes in connectivity are controlled will inform future therapies for recovery from brain and spinal cord injury.

About Introduction to Neuroscience

Burke Neurological Institute, in White Plains, is offering an Introduction to Neuroscience course for interested High School students. 

Fall 2020 Syllabus


Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 6:15pm to 7:45pm


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