Okay, this node/metanode/project started out as a tool to help me study for one of my exams, and has just sort of grown from there. The basic idea is just what the title says, for me to explain to you how your brain
works. Well, actually how nervous systems
in general work, with a strong slant on vertebrate systems. So not really like the title at all. The vertebrate
slant is just due to the nature of my program, which kinda sucks, but that's how it is. Most of the general principles are relatively accurate across invertebrates
as well, but stuff on specific systems or anatomy is vertebrate
, probably mammalian
, unless otherwise specified.
Here's a list of the topics I plan to present, and some extra stuff that I'll add on if I have time. Asterisks indicate things which are not yet finished. You should read neuron
first if you're not familiar with this stuff at all.
Keep in mind as you read that these nodes are intended to be a sort of beginner's guide to neuroscience
. they contain many oversimplifications, and the 'facts' on many of these subjects are constantly in debate. The idea is to provide you with enough information to have a very basic working knowledge, such that you could easily learn
more on your own, if so inclined.
: fundamental unit of the nervous system.
Electrotonic spread*: dendritic signal integration
: Interneuron communication.
s and receptors: Types, effects, types of effects.
*: Information processing and information coding schemes.
Nervous system organization
: What's that doohickey called? And where was it again?
The Auditory system
: turning sound into impulses.
: dynamic input modulation
: Where's that noise coming from?
The Visual system
V1 and Visual Cortex*
The Somatosensory system
Extra stuff/Just for the hell of it
Human being emulator
Neuromorphic Analog VLSI
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease)