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Week 9 - Behavioral Neuroscience

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Week 9 - Behavioral Neuroscience PSYC 4183-001

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Behavioral Neuroscience
Nathan Parks
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Date Created: 03/29/16
Behavioral Neuroscience Week 9 Functional Neuroanatomy Peripheral Nervous system: o Divides into Autonomic Nervous System and Somatic Nervous System - Cranial nerves - Spinal nerves - Ganglia of the A.N.S. Cranial Nerves - 12 pairs - Bypasses the spinal cord and goes straight to the brain # Name Function Location Olfactory  I Nerve Smell II Optic Nerve Vision Eye  movement; III Oculomotor  pupil  Nerve constrictio n Trochlear  Eye  IV Nerve movement Somatosen sory  informatio n (touch,  V Trigeminal  pain) from  Nerve the face  and head;  muscles  for  chewing. Abducens  Eye  VI Nerve movement VI Facial Nerve Taste  I (anterior  2/3 of  tongue);  somatosen sory  informatio n from ear; controls  muscles  used in  facial  expression. VI Vestibulococ Hearing;  II hlear Nerve balance Taste  (posterior  1/3 of  tongue);  Somatosen sory  informatio Glossophary n from  IX ngeal Nerve tongue,  tonsil,  pharynx;  controls  some  muscles  used in  swallowin g. Sensory,  motor and  autonomic  X Vagus Nerve functions  of viscera  (glands,  digestion,  heart rate) Controls  Spinal  muscles  XI Accessory  used in  Nerve head  movement. XI Hypoglossal  Controls  I Nerve muscles of  tongue Spinal Nerves Somatic Nervous system - Consists of all peripheral neural tissue concerned with movement Autonomic nervous system - All about controlling the organs of the body - Divided into Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous system Sympathetic Nervous system: = “Fight or Flight” SPINAL NERVES manage Sympathetic NS concerned with controlling functions associated with the expenditure of energy.  Sympathetic Nervous system typically EXCITES the body EX: If you ate a sandwhich and then had to fight a bear your body would prioritize energy being sent to your muscles rather than energy being sent to your digestive system Parasympathetic Nervous System = “Rest and Digest” CRANIAL Nerves manage Parasympathetic NS  Concerned with controlling functions associated with the conservation of energy. Neuroscience Methods Animal Methods = typically invasive Human Methods = noninvasive Animal methods Cats, Mice, Macaque Monkey  most typical subjects Patch Clamping o Tecnique where the tip of a micopipette is positioned against the neuronal membrane o Sucks up a piece of the membrane into the pipette. Pipette seals off that piece of membrane o You can add a substance/chemical into the pipette and seeing how the membrane reacts. You can also measure this by putting an electrode in there Immunocytochemistry o Visualizes the presence of neuronal proteins, such as receptors, by using specially developed antibodies o You can develop an antibody for any protein that you want. This is as if you “programmed” it to lock on to a specific protein o Take a slice of tissue and apply the antibody  you can discover if the protein it was designed for exists in that slice of tissue o Utilizes the immune response in the body for this method Microdialysis o Allows the chemical makeup of extracellular fluid to be examined by inserting a small tube into an area of the brain. o Pumps fluid from inside the brain  up the tube to outside the brain o Then you can collect and analyze the fluid EX: Examining ECF in the hippocampus of a rat while it is exercising. You could compare the ECF at different points and see if the composition changes as the workout progresses Tracing  Allows neurons projecting to and from a given brain area to be labeled by dye, autoradiography, immunocytochemistry, or virus. -Can only be done in animals Retrograde tracing: Shows INPUTS o Label is taken up by axon terminals and transported toward cell body Anterograde tracing: Shows OUTPUTS o Label is taken up by dendrites/soma and transported toward axon terminals RABIES virus and HERPES virus  perform tracing in the nervous system Rabies can trace its way from motor neurons to the CNS (in the brain) and will cause death in a human (if no counter measures are taken) Optogenetic o Alter neuron genetics to insert light-activated ion channels. Neurons can then be activated or inhibited with different Knockouts wavelengths of light - This is borrowed from the proteins in ALGAE o Take a gene from an algae and inserting that into a rat brain o The rat brain now expresses this gene which can then be activated by shining different colors of light o Blue wavelengths depolarize (excite) neurons, yellow wavelengths hyperpolarize (inhibit) Can be used to balance the brain Ablation o Essentially destroying a part of the brain and seeing what happens Experimental ablation: a specific brain area is destroyed and the effect on behavior is assessed (also lesioning) Lesions can be introduced using a number of approaches : - Electrically: Running a large current through it - Aspiration : Essentially using a vacuum to suck it up (not very accurate) - Chemically: Over-excitation Excitotoxicity can kill cells a way to kill a population of cells (e.g. those only affected by glutamate) - Cooling (temporary/reversible): pumps cold water through that area to make the tissue stop working (e.g. snakes in the winter stop moving)  lets you test the same animal under two conditions since it doesn’t permanently damage the brain - Anesthetic (temporary/reversible)- directly inject/infuse an anesthetic into the brain Record/Stimulate Single-Cell Recordings o Dropping an electrode into a brain area and passively record what is occurring o can be used to record action potentials from individual neurons • Examine how neural firing rates change with a stimulus or behavior - Very useful method for a variety of testing EXAMPLE: Give an animal a stimulus (scent, visual info) and then use single-cell recording to see the change in that cell and how it is affected (excitation, increase stimulus, etc…) o ALLOWS us to draw direct correlations Electrical Stimulation The same electrodes which record action potentials can be used to stimulate a neuron with electrical current • Can examine how stimulation of a particular brain region changes behavior Knockouts o Transgenic animals in which a particular gene has been inactivated -Taking out the gene from an animal and seeing what occurs -Knockout mouse: A gene has been removed that affects pigment. This affects gene expression and we see this when two of the SAME kinds of mice have different coats EXAMPLE QUESTION: How could you determine which brain areas the Inferior Colliculus projects to? Answer: Anterograde Tracing (with dye ) EXAMPLE QUESTION: What method would you use to measure the electrical current generated by opening a single nicotinic receptor Answer: Patch clamping EXAMPLE QUESTION: What method would you use to understand what type of objects a neuron in visual cortex reports? Answer: Single-cell recording EXAMPLE QUESTION: What method would you use to determine the rold of D2 receptors on long-term memory? Answer: Knockout method (use a mouse that has the D2 receptor turned off and compare it to a similar mouse with the D2 receptor still in tact) Human Methods Generally non-invasive and safe for participants Patients o Collect a population with brain damage and compare how they behave to a population without brain damage o Can be studied to understand the function of the damaged area. o Allow you to draw causal conclusions o Human equivalent to ablation study in animals. Patient H.M.--> Surgical removal of the medial temporal lobes to alleviate epilepsy • Electrocorticography (ECoG) Can be used to locate the source of ____. - Seizure source usually measured with clinical use. - Implanted in a patients head and placed across the frontal cortex. • Electrical Brain Stimulation (EBS) Can also stimulate the brain using this ECoG by running a current between the electrodes Computerized Tomography (CT) o 3-dimenstional image of the brain obtained by taking 2-dimensional X-rays (slices) at many different angles o Provides a 3D image of brain structure = Best suited for imaging abnormal brain structure o You can only see chunks of tissue inside the brain o You CANNOT see what the brain is doing Positron Emission Tomography (PET) o provide functional 3D images of brain activity by measuring the brain’s consumption of radioactively labeled glucose. o Basis of PET signal: Neural tissue consumes more energy (glucose) when active. o PET measures the accumulation of glucose in the brain via radioactivity = Metabolic measure. Pro: Great spatial imaging Con: you have to consume something radioactive - Results don’t tell you WHEN EXACTLY something became activated, but just tells you that it was activated - Super expensive Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) o Uses very strong magnetic fields and radio frequency emission to obtain 3D images of the brain – Structural and functional measures o 1000 times more powerful than the earth’s magnetic field o Works by aligning the hydrogen atoms in the body along a dipole. Then the MRI machie knocks them out of alignment and measures as they realign themselves. Done repeatidly Pro: Very high resolution images of brain structure Functional MRI (when the MRI setting is set to measure function, not structure) - When neural tissue becomes active, it consumes more oxygen - Deoxygenated and oxygenated blood have different magnetism o fMRI measures blood oxygenation in the brain => Metabolic measure. o Shows where In the brain, more oxygen is consumed o High spatial resolution, poor temporal resolution Con: - Slow, takes various seconds to process the activation of that area (which is really slow compared to the speed of neural processing)  Timing is slowed -Super expensive Electroencephalography (EEG) o Measures the electrical activity generated by the brain using electrodes on the scalp. o Subjects are placed into caps containing an array of electrodes o Tells you activity of the brain “the conversation” - If you wanted to measure the dynamic activity of a stroke you could use this to get the play by play of each part of the activity, but it won’t tell you where it is occuring Pro: Cheap, great for temporal resolution Con: bad for spatial resolution (hard to tell where in the brain the activity is coming from) Magnetoencephalography o Measures magnetic fields generated by the brain (occur in conjunction with electrical activity)  More precis spatial resolution than EEG because it uses magnetic field instead of electrodes Pro: Very high temporal resolution/ Moderate spatial resolution. Con: hard to upkeep the technology, costs millions of $ Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) o TMS is a method of disrupting ongoing cortical activity with a magnetic pulse  causes temporary deviation or error in that activity o Uses magnetism to stimulate brain tissue o The magnetic field induces current in the underlying neural tissue o The induction of current transiently activates neural tissue o TMS allows causal inferences to be drawn about the function of particular brain regions. Behavioral Genetics o Attempts to correlate cognitive and behavioral effects with variability/similarity in the genome o Classic psychology = twin studies Systems Vision o Stimulus: Light - Light = Electromagnetic energy - Visible Spectrum (white light): is the section of the electromagnetic spectrum that humans are capable of seeing o This boundary is set by the receptors in the human eye Light wavelength: Affects the perception of COLOR Light amplitude: Affects the perception of BRIGHTNESS o Sensory apparatus o Neural Pathways o Cortical Representations


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