Brain, Behavior and Movement
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This unit will be dedicated to the capacity of animals to interpret, act and move within the environment they live in. Being able to integrate incoming information and to react to it properly, e.g. by changing its position, is an essential and distinctive feature of life. For humans, the capacity to filter incoming information, reasoning and responding adequately to environmental variation, and having the ability to move are all major aspects of being, whereas a disturbance at any of these levels is an important reason for psychological and/or medical intervention. As such, adequate movement requires sensing, coordination, action generation and monitoring of the result of the action. This course will address all these features in order to understand and to be able to intervene in human cognitive and affective functioning as well as in movement capacity.
- B-ILO1004.1. Relate body functions to the outline of the nervous system
- B-ILO1004.2. Describe how humans sense and control their position and movement in the environment
- B-ILO1004.3. Describe the control of goal-directed behavior
- B-ILO1004.4. Explain how neurotransmitters and hormones facilitate neuronal and neuromuscular communication
- B-ILO1004.5. Explain how variation in neural activation affects muscle forces
- B-ILO1004.6. Compute the force generated by a muscle-tendon complex given its morphology and its actual state
- B-ILO1004.7. Relate the function of a muscle to its position in a musculoskeletal system
- B-ILO1004.8. Explain the molecular, cellular and structural mechanisms underlying learning and memory formation
- B-ILO1004.9. Explain how the brain and body deals with exposure to acute and chronic stress and how this relates to fear and anxiety.
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