Undergrad seeking advice

Mark Zarella mzarella at twcny.rr.com
Tue Sep 10 19:36:33 EST 2002

Systems neuroscience, computational neuroscience, neural coding and sensory
system research are all fancy names to describe what it seems you're
interested in.  Not sure how those words will benefit you though.

Get your biochem degree, try to see if there are any specialized
neurobiology courses in your college, and don't shy away from math, physics,
and electrical engineering - three fields that will probably come in handy
down the road if you decide to pursue this topic after you get your BS.  In
the meantime, you may want to pick up Kandel's "Fundamentals of Neural
Science" to provide you with a good foundation in neuroscience and a pretty
good 150 pages or so on vision.

Mark Zarella
zarellam at upstate dot edu

"Brandon Field" <phanbran at yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:2f61be35.0209100115.717ac71 at posting.google.com...
> Hi, I am an undergrad biological chemistry major (will soon transfer
> to Grinnell College) and plan to go into neuroscience after I get my
> B.S. My interest in neuroscience comes from the idea that we may be
> able to understand the brain processes at the highest level, for
> example, being able to examine a brain and know what it is thinking by
> decoding the brainss signals. This would be benificial because we
> could learn exactly how the mind works, and also could comunicate
> directly with brains with direct signals, for example, learning how
> the brain encodes visual images, then changing the electric signal of
> video into the brains ode, which may one day allow blind people to
> see.
> What I'm wondering is which branch of neuroscience should I study to
> learn these things?

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