Neurotechnology in Action

Top image is a colorful illustration of some of the connections in the human brain, while the bottom schematic shows the design of the Autopatcher apparatus.

Top image shows the long-range connections of the white matter fiber of the human brain. Bottom schematic shows the Autopatcher, a device used to record automated whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology of neurons in vivo. (Image of white matter fiber architecture in the human (top) is courtesy of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging and Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Consortium of the Human Connectome Project. Schematic of the Autopatcher (bottom) is courtesy of The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. Used with permission. CC license BY-NC-SA.)


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9.123 / 20.203

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Fall 2014



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This course, as a part of MIT's Center for Neurobiological Engineering curriculum, explores cutting-edge neurotechnology that is essential for advances in all aspects of neuroscience, including improvements in existing methods as well as the development, testing and discussion of completely new paradigms. Readings and in-class sessions cover the fields of electrophysiology, light microscopy, cellular engineering, optogenetics, electron microscopy, MRI / fMRI, and MEG / EEG. The course is designed with lectures that cover the background, context, and theoretical descriptions of neurotechnologies, and labs, which provide firsthand demonstrations as well as in situ lab tours.

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Alan Jasanoff, Edward Boyden, and Maxine Jonas. 9.123 Neurotechnology in Action. Fall 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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