6 lectures: Chris Elliott
The aim of these lectures is to investigate the neural basis of behaviour, and how animals identify and use signals necessary for survival.1-3. Waves and perception
1. Bird Song and Owl hearing
After considering the physical properties of sound and its reception, this lecture describes the mechanisms for hearing and sound production in birds, and how this contributes to the evolution of dialects. The specialised nature of hearing in owls is considered in the context of neural maps of the world, especially the mechanisms by which they use 2 ears to construct a 3-d map of auditory space.
2. Echolocation in bats
Here the echolocation of bats is related to their hunting abilites, how they can locate objects and land; how they can discriminate food items and catch them accurately
3. Electric fish
These fish signal in murky water using electric impulses. The methods used by pulse and wave fish will be described, and their abilities to distinguish self- from non-self generated signals characterised.
4-6 The Human Brain in health and disease; perception of pain
3 lectures - Peter Hogarth
7, 8. Neurobiology of language
Speech perception. Roles of left and right hemispheres; neural basis of verbal memory; categorisation and word-blindness; aphasias; language structure and meaning.