Advanced Topics in Systems Neuroscience 2014

Course on Advanced Topics in Systems Neuroscience. Spring semester 2014.
Course number: 278307
Lecture day and time:  Tuesday 14:30-16:30
Location: Rappaport 8th floor
Course teachers:
Yoram Gutfreund
Omri Barak

#DateSpeakerTitle & VideoPaperPresenter
111/3Larry AbbottSensory Gating, Integration and Prediction Kennedy et al 2014
Omri Barak
218/3Alexander BorstIn Search of the Holy Grail of Fly Motion VisionEichner et al 2011Yoram Gutfreund
325/3Carla SchatzBrain Circuit Tuning During Developmental Critical PeriodsTagawa et al 2005Eyal
41/4Cori BergmannNeuromodulatory Circuits and Motivated BehaviorKato et al 2014
522/4Michael ShadlenTime and Belief: A Neural Mechanism of Decision MakingChurchland et al 2008Dante
629/4Stanislas DehaeneReading the brainVinckier et al 2007Oded
713/5Krishna ShenoyMotor cortical control and Prostheses: a dynamical systems perspectiveKaufman 2014
(Supporting )
820/5Itzhak FriedMemories and Volitions: Insights from single neuron recordings in the human brainQuiroga 2005
927/5Karel SvobodaCortical circuits underlying object localizationGuo 2014Yael
1010/6Catherine DulacSex battles in the brainWu 2014Rebeka
1117/6Allison DoupeWhat Songbirds Can Teach Us About Learning and the BrainKojima 2013Tom
1224/6John SearleConsciousness and causality


The course will constitute 12 meetings of two hours each. During the first
hour we will watch together an online lecture by a prominent neuroscientist.
In the second hour we will introduce and discuss a relevant paper.

Each student will be responsible for one meeting: selecting a relevant
paper, presenting it, and writing a short report on the subject.

  • Presentation: Only the PDF of the paper can be used, no powerpoints.
  • Short report: The report is in a format of a review of a paper. Some helpful links are here: review sample #1, review sample #2,

Additionally, all students are expected to read the papers prior to the
meeting, and participate in the discussion.
Course will be given in English.
Grading will be based primarily on the meeting for which the student is
responsible, and also on the participation throughout the semester.

Basic background in neuroscience is a requirement to participate in the