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Code: 74432
ECTS: 6.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Dubravka Hranilović - Lectures
Lecturers: Dubravka Hranilović - Seminar

Barbara Nikolić - Practicum
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English level:


All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 15
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
1. To explain function of the nervous system in mammals
2. To integrate structure and function of the nervous system
3. To compare specific functions of humane nervous system with those in other mammals
4. To apply experimental methods in hypotheses testing.
5. To interpret the obtained experimental results.
6. To write a short review on a chosen topic from neurophysiology
7. To present the selected topic in a form of a short oral presentation

The course introduces development, structure and function of the mammalian nervous system with special emphasis on typically human functions

1. Communication between the neurons: structure of a neuron; electrical signaling; chemical signaling; types of neurotransmitters
2. Structural and functional organization of the nervous system; Autonomous nervous system
3. Prenatal and postnatal brain development; Evolution of brain and behavior; Brain ageing
4. Audition: sound components and their perception; ear structure; auditory pathways; auditory cortex; speech and language; perception of music
5. Vision, Gustation and Olfaction: components of picture and their perception; eye structure; visual pathways; visual cortex; olfactory and gustatory receptors, pathways and cortices
6. Movement: reflexes and voluntary movements, motor cortex; somatosenzory system and its role in movement; regeneration of the peripheral and central nervous systems
7. Biological Rhythms: types of biological rhythms; molecular regulation of biological rhythms; pineal gland; physiological roles of sleep; sleep stages and brain waves; neural basis of sleep; sleep disorders
8. Learning and memory: classifications of memory; neural circuits involved in explicit, implicit and emotional memory; brain plasticity; synaptic plasticity
9. Cognition: aspects of cognition and brain regions involved in their control; brain asymmetry; variations in structural and functional organization of the brain; intelligence; consciousness
10. Motivational mechanisms: causes of behavior; motivated behavior; neural regulation of behavior; hormonal regulation of behavior; emotions; examples of regulatory and non-regulatory behavior
11. Disorders of the nervous system: neurological and behavioral disorders; neurobiological and molecular basis of the nervous system disorders; personality and its disorders
12. Pharmacology of the nervous system: drug routes into the nervous system; agonists and antagonists of neurotransmission; molecular mechanisms of action of the psychotropic agents; tolerance, sensitization, dependence and neurotoxicity

1. Nervous system
Interactive 3D display of the human central nervous system on the computer; Observing the animal nervous system preparations under a light microscope
2. Brain
Isolation and section of the rat brain; preparation of the brain tissue for molecular analyses
3. and 4. Autonomous nervous system
Recording of autonomous reactions as a result of emotional reactions on the Biopac system; Analysis and interpretation of the results
5. Hearing
Visualization of sound and testing of its aspects with the computer program Visual Analyzer
6. Vision, smell and taste
Testing of the various aspects of the sensory perception using simple procedures (e.g. spatial organization of the taste receptors; the role of olfaction in taste determination; identification of a blind spot in a visual field, etc.)
7. Somatosensory system
Examining the function of haptic and termoreceptors, and the role of proprioreceptors in balance and movement
8. Learning and memory
Examining various types of learning and memory by solving verbal and spatial tasks
9. Molecular basis of behavioral disorders
Connecting gene mutations with behavioral changes via interactive computer simulation Fly school
10. Pharmacology of the nervous system
Identification of the brain target regions and molecular mechanisms of the psychotropic drug action via interactive computer simulation Mouse party

1. Autonomous nervous system
2. Brain ageing
3. Evolution of language
4. Synesthesia
5. CNS-a regeneration in vertebrates
6. Sleep disorders
7. The effects of music on brain development and plasticity
8. Gender differences in cognition
9. Neurobiological basis of sexual orientation
10. Neurobiology of social behavior
11. Molecular basis of psychiatric disorders
12. Neuroethics
  1. Kolb B, Whishaw IQ (2011) An Introduction to Brain and Behavior. Worth Publishers, New York., 3nd ed.
3. semester
Izborni predmeti - Biologija čovjeka - Mandatory studij - Molecular Biology
Consultations schedule: