9.04 Sensory Systems

9.04 Sensory Systems (Fall 2013, MIT OCW). Instructors: Professor Peter H. Schiller and Professor M. Christian Brown. This course examines the neural bases of sensory perception. The focus is on physiological and anatomical studies of the mammalian nervous system as well as behavioral studies of animals and humans. Topics include visual pattern, color and depth perception, auditory responses and sound localization, and somatosensory perception. (from


Lecture 01 - Introduction, the Visual System
Lecture 02 - Basic Layout of the Visual System and the Retina
Lecture 03 - The Lateral Geniculate Nucleus and the Visual Cortex
Lecture 04 - The ON and OFF Channels
Lecture 05 - The Midget and Parasol Systems
Lecture 06 - Adaptation and Color
Lecture 07 - Depth Perception
Lecture 08 - Form Perception
Lecture 09 - Illusions and Visual Prosthesis
Lecture 10 - The Neural Control of Visually Guided Eye Movements 1
Lecture 11 - The Neural Control of Visually Guided Eye Movements 2
Lecture 12 - Motion Perception and Pursuit Eye Movements
Lecture 13 - Review: The Visual and Oculomotor Systems
Lecture 14 - Sound: External, Middle and Inner Ears
Lecture 15 - Hair Cells
Lecture 16 - Auditory Nerve; Psychophysics of Frequency Resolution
Lecture 17 - Cochlear Nucleus: Tonotopy, Unit Types and Cell Types
Lecture 18 - Hearing Loss; Demo by Sheila Xu, Cochlear Implant User
Lecture 19 - Descending Systems and Reflexes
Lecture 20 - Sound Localization 1: Psychophysics and Neural Circuits
Lecture 21 - Sound Localization 2: Superior Olivary Complex and IC
Lecture 22 - Auditory Cortex 1: Physiology and Sound Localization
Lecture 23 - Auditory Cortex 2: Language; Bats and Echolocation

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Sensory Systems | Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Fall 2013
Instructors: Prof. Peter H. Schiller and Prof. M. Christian Brown. Lecture Notes. Readings. Assignments (no Solutions). This course examines the neural bases of sensory perception.