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Cognitive Neuroscience Week 2 Notes

by: Freddi Marsillo

Cognitive Neuroscience Week 2 Notes PSYC 3122

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These notes cover what we learned during the second week of class, plus some extra.
Cognitive Neuroscience
Dr. Shomstein
Class Notes
Psychology, cognitive, neuroscience
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Date Created: 09/08/16
Cognitive Neuroscience Week 2 9/8/16 3:31 PM Cellular and Molecular Basis • Understanding the whole by understanding the parts • Santiago Ramon y Cajal Cajal’s Neuron Doctrine • Individual cells (neurons) with small gaps • Connectional specificity o Connections not random but specific pathways/circuits • Dynamic polarization o Parts of neurons take in information o Parts send information Building Blocks Neurons • Like other cells but some specific properties Glia • Non-neural cells playing supportive function Neurons 100-1,000 billion neurons in the brain • Each makes ~1000 connections (on average) What do neurons do with all that information? • Collect input • Process/decide in some way • Produce output • Transmit information over a distance (big toe to spinal cord) Postsynaptic versus presynaptic neurons • Presynaptic – neuron that sends info to another neuron • Postsynaptic – the neuron that receives the information o Once that neuron has the information, it then becomes the presynaptic neuron Neuron: Soma Soma • Cell body • Metabolic machinery o Nucleus, ribosomes, mitochondria, Golgi apparatus o Enclosed in membrane, suspended in cytoplasmic fluid Neuron: Dendrites Dendrites (afferent) • Receive input from neurons at synapses (postsynaptic) • Treelike – may be large arbors (Purkinje) or small (thalamus) • Spiny endings Neuron: Axons Axons (efferent) • Before synapse (presynaptic) • Communicates output of neuron • Originates at axon hillock • Insulated with myelin sheaths • Ends at presynaptic terminal button • Release neurotransmitters Variants of Neurons: Morphology Invertebrate • Unipolar – one process • Bipolar – most common o Sensory systems • Multipolar o Common ▯ One axon and many dendrites ▯ Spinal motor neurons, stellate pyramidal Glia = “nerve glue” • There are ten times more glia in the brain than neurons • Brain volume • Support systems for neurons o Guide growth o Remove metabolic waste o Grow and maintain myelin sheaths Central Nervous System (CNS) – different types of Glia • Astrocytes • Microglia • Oligodendrocytes Astrocytes • Surround neuron • Contact with vasculature at end-feet • Form blood-brain barrier – they protect neurons from any type of bleeding that can occur from the blood vessels – brain is protected from blood o Dopamine cannot cross but L-dopa, precursor, can o Blood-brain barrier is very selective in what it lets pass into brain Microglia • Assist in repair o Proliferate (multiply rapidly) in damaged region • Phagocytic function – remove waste Oligodendrocytes • Produce myelin • Wrap sheath concentrically • Oligo in CNS o Multiple at once (~50) • Schwann in periphery o Single axon • Interruption at nodes of Ranvier o Generate axon potentials Neuronal Signaling • Communication between neurons • Input contact at dendrites (or cell body) o Synapse at terminals • Output from axon terminals • Long and local distance circuits of networks How it works – the overview • Neurons receive chemical or electrical signal • Signals change membrane of postsynaptic neuron • Changes in flow of electrical currents • Neuron integrates signals • Triggers spike or action potential • Travels down axon • Releases neurotransmitter Neural Membranes • Bilayer of lipids does not dissolve • Barrier to chemicals - ions, proteins, and molecules – that are floating in the extracellular space (outside the cell) and intracellular space (inside the cell) • Bilayer is permeable – some things can pass through Neural Membranes • Resting potential o Voltage differences (-70mV) across membrane Membranes 2 Ion channels • Non-gated: passive (more potassium K+) than sodium (Na+ or Cl-) – selective permeability • Gated: opened/closed by stimuli (electrical, chemical, or physical) Active transporter pumps • Move ions across membrane • Little energy (adenosine triphosphate) pump • Change ionic gradients Concentration of Ions Ionic (chemical) gradient • More Na+ outside, more K+ inside • Membrane is more permeable to K+ • Some K+ escapes to the outside Electrical gradient • As K+ escapes out, the inside of the cell becomes more negative • As the inside becomes more negative, it is harder for K+ to escape • The struggle continues until electrochemical equilibrium is achieved Resting Potential • Electrical current ionic (charged atoms = ions) o Na+, K+, Cl-; also some large charged proteins in solution • Electrochemical equilibrium o More Na+ outside and K+ inside o Membrane more permeable to K+ o K+ tries to move out o Electrical gradient develops ▯ + move out and so remaining – attracts positives o Electrical and ionic concentration in opposition but balance Brief Review • Presynaptic, postsynaptic, soma, axon, dendrites, afferent (accepting), efferent (entering), membrane, bilayer, myelin, astrocytes • Potential differences across membrane, extracellular and intracellular charges, ionic gradient, electrical gradient • Voltages inside and outside of cells can be measured Electrical Conduction • Record potentials of membranes • Pass current to neuron o Can depolarize/make more positive intracell as current flows out • Record difference between inside and outside cell Conduction • Conductors o Cytoplasm and extracellular fluid • Insulators o Membranes with variable resistances o Myelin is a great insulator Active/passive currents • Synapse activated o Electrical currents generated o Flows in local region • Passive currents across postsynaptic membrane through dendrites and soma • If current is strong, ▯ action potential • If not, passive flow and decrement (reduction) in current (bad for long distance communications) Action Potential Long distance communication • Regenerative electrical signals Action potential • Rapid depolarization and repolarization of membrane in local area • If sufficient potential, cross threshold • All or none once crossed threshold So, what happens? • Voltage gated ion channels open when membrane is depolarized • Opens and lets some Na+ in, further depolarizes • Lets in more Na+ etc. THEN • Open voltage = gated K+ channels • Repolarizes • Overshoots resting as repolarizes (hyperpolarizes) • Refractory period Diagram of an Action Potential Saltatory Conduction • Need speed for conduction o Motor coordination • Myelin wrapped o Squeezes out cytoplasm, concentric wrap • Action potentials appear at nodes of Ranvier and regenerated • Transmission 120m/sec (football field in 1s) Saltatory Conduction (leap/hop) Synaptic transmission – Electrical • Very rapid transduction • No synaptic cleft (membranes are actually touching) • Accomplished via gap junctions • Useful for rapid conduction (some sensory neurons) Synaptic transmission – Chemical • Ca2+ flows in • Small vesicles with neurotransmitter fuse with membrane • Release transmitter into cleft • Binds with protein receptor molecules Neurotransmitters • Synthesized by presynaptic neuron • Transported to axon terminal • Stored in vesicles • Binds with postsynaptic neuron • At cleft o Active reuptake o Enzymatic breakdown o Diffusion Neurotransmitters (continued) • Excitatory o Ach o Dopamine o Catecholamine o Glutamate o Histamine o Serotonin • Inhibitory o GABA o Glycine Parkinson’s disease – insufficient dopamine ADD/ADHD – insufficient levels Sleep – low histamine low vigilance Sexual response (too much, too little) Antidepressants MDMA (ecstasy) increases levels of neurotransmitters Einstein’s Brain • Unusual Sylvian fissure Larger and thicker parietal lobe Form is derived from function Fine neuronatomy/microscopic • Anatomy of cell Gross neuroanatomy • Ensembles of cells • Columns • Lobes • Brain Interest is not just in structure but how it supports function Terminology *Dorsal means top – it also means superior *Ventral means bottom – it also means inferior *Rostral means towards the front *Caudal means toward the back *Superior – top; inferior – bottom *Anterior – front; posterior – back *Sagittal – straightforward; middle of the brain Revealing the brain • Dura • Gyri • Sulci • Tracts: bundles of axons • Gray matter o Cell bodies of neurons and glia • White matter o Myelin surrounding axons Microanatomy and Histology – Confocal Microscope Astrocyte: Group of astrocytes: Analysis of neurons And their connections • Short-range and long-range • Cortico-cortico • Corticofugal (to periphery) Staining • Microscopy • Fluorescent strains • Reveal cell types, laminar projections • Tract tracing o Retrograde ▯ Diffuses up axon to cell body (e.g., horseradish peroxidase, HRP) o Anterograde tracing ▯ Diffuses down from the cell body to the axon terminal Can stain selectively • Purkinje cells • Nissl substance for organelles • Mitochondria Cytoarchitectonics Brodmann maps Subdivisions of the Central Nervous System (CNS) Cortex = the bark of the brain • Increase surface area: gyri and sulci • Reduce axonal distance • Multiple layers o But only 3 mm thick o Neurons o Dendrites o Some axons Cortical Lobes • 4 lobes: frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital • Central sulcus: frontal/parietal • Lateral Sylvian fissure: temporal from frontal and parietal • Parieto-occipital sulcus: occipital from parietal and temporal • Corpus callosum; longitudinal fissure (“hard body”) – divides the lobes Ventricular System • Lateral ventricle • Interventricular foramen • Third ventricle • Cerebral aqueduct • Fourth ventricle Penfield – Subdural electrode recording and stimulation in humans Motor Cortex • Frontal lobe • Motor cortex – Betz cell Somatosensory – parietal • Touch, pain, temperature, limb proprioception Auditory cortex • Lateral view of the left hemisphere Visual Cortex • Based on cell morphology • Naming: o Brodmann number (e.g. 17) o Anatomical name: calcarine o Cyto: striate o Functional: primary visual corex (V1) o Areas 18 o Area 19 Limbic System The Limbic System: for emotion (Papez circuit) Surrounds brain stem; older cortex • Mesocortex o Cingulate, hypothalamus, hippocampus, and amygdala • Emotional processing • Learning • Memory The Basal Ganglia Subcortical neuronal groups • Globus pallidus • Caudate nucleus • Putamen Connects with motor regions to monitor motor behavior The Basal Ganglia Diencephalon Thalamus • Gateway to the cortex: modalities make synaptic relay • LGN = visual; MGN = auditory • Ventral posterior nuclei = somatosensory • Receives input from basal ganglia, cerebellum, medial temporal lobe Hypothalamus • Endocrine regulation • Vasopressin (kidneys); oxytocin (arousal); circadian rhythms Midbrain • Reticular formation: sensory-motor – arousal, respiration, cardiac modulation, pain, muscle • Red nucleus: motor coordination • Pineal gland – endocrine system (wake/sleep, seasonal functions) • Superior and Inferior Coliculi – visuomotor functions, auditory relay • Substantia nigra Pons and Medulla • Pons: auditory and vestibular functions • Medulla: sensory motor functions, vestibular, motor control of face/mouth/throat/respiratory system/heart Cerebellum Posture, walking, coordinated movement (projections) Contains 11 billion cells 9/8/16 3:31 PM 9/8/16 3:31 PM


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