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Fundamentals of Neuroscience: The Electrical Properties of the Neuron

David Cox, Harvard University

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This course examines the electrical properties that make neuron cells the cornerstone of most species on Earth.

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Fundamentals of Neuroscience: The Electrical Properties of the Neuron

Fundamentals of Neuroscience: The Electrical Properties of the Neuron

by David Cox

Overview

Our nervous systems are the basis of many fundamental human actions. They enable survival reflexes such as fight-or-flight, as well as day-to-day movements like walking.

In this first installment of its Fundamentals of Neuroscience course, Harvard University reveals the foundation of the nervous system: the neuron. The course is led by David Cox, a Harvard professor of molecular and cellular biology. He takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon concepts from chemistry, physics, and maths to explain neurons.

The course promotes hands-on learning in building an understanding of how electrical signals are created and transported by nervous systems.

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The evolution of the nervous system has spawned a staggering diversity of organisms capable of rapidly reacting and adapting to their environments, which have spread to nearly every corner of the Earth.

- David Cox

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