Physiology (2014/2015)

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Name of lecturer
Mario Rosario Buffelli
Mario Rosario Buffelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I sem. dal Oct 1, 2014 al Jan 30, 2015.

Lesson timetable

I sem.
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall F  
Thursday 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall F  

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide the knowledge to understand : a) the mechanisms underlying the genesis of electrical signals; b) the properties of the main electrophysiology and imaging techniques used in physiology; and c) the activity of central nervous system aimed at elaboration of sensorial information and for motor control.


• Electrical signals and electrophysiological techniques: ion channels, membrane potential at rest, equilibrium potentials, the action potential and its modality of propagation, chemical synapses, intracellular recordings, extracellular and patch clamp.
• Anatomical and functional organization of the nervous system and functions of the cerebral cortex.
• Structural and synaptic plasticity of the nervous system: short-term plasticity and long-term, memory and learning, changes induced by experience.
• Sensitivity and processing of sensory information: visual and auditory system.
• Central motor control.
• Techniques of the brain imaging, evoked potentials and electroencephalogram.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam