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Looking for degree type structure for learning neuroscience.

John McCormack jpmccor at otsi.com
Fri Jul 24 11:27:59 EST 1998

Matt Jones wrote:

> I'm not exactly sure what you mean by a "degree course"

A four year college course where the end qualification is something like a
B.Sc..  Usually just covers the foundation subjects for a field,
specialization comes after with a Masters or Ph.D., or with a job.

> browsing the web pages of local universities for "neuroscience",
> "neurophysiology", "neurochemistry", "pharmacology". Just spend some time
> looking these sites over, read about the research of various faculty and
> so forth. This will let you get an idea of what aspects of neuroscience
> you find most interesting

Currently, I'm interested most in visual perception, hopefully eventually
including memory, hypnagogia and dreams which seem to be to be largely
different sides of the same coin as far as my uneducated mind can see.
Luckily, as far as I know, perception, especially visual, is one of the more
widely studied fields in this area.  I am missing a lot of basic information
to understand current research though.   I need to learn all the foundation
stuff before I can attempt to study perception.  While learning the basic
stuff, my end goal may change, but either way, I have to first learn the
basics, i.e. a degree course.  I will check out these pages to get a better
idea of what I should learn.

> If you really want a very broad review of the whole field, try a textbook
> like "Principles of Neural Science", edited by Kandel, Jessel and
> Schwartz.

I'll have a look at it, thanks.


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