The Centre for Neuroscience offers five streams which allow for the integration of information from various disciplines to address behavioural, cellular, molecular and physiological approaches to examining the nervous system.
The Neurobiology Stream provides fundamental core science background early on, with a focus in later years on experiential learning in labs using the nervous systems of different animal species. The link between brain function and behaviour is examined, and opportunities to investigate animal brains at a systems, cellular or molecular level are provided, including a focus on developing knowledge and skills in physiological approaches, such as electrical recordings of brain cell activity.
Topics studied in the Neurobiology stream can include how ion channels affect cellular activity in the brain, how networks control various behaviours in different species (including vision and motor output), cellular and molecular changes underlying learning and memory, as well as nervous system development and regeneration.
The Neuropsychology Stream focuses on the relationship between structures of the brain and psychological functioning and provides a broad and foundational experience in neuropsychology by examining major branches of science dealing with the nervous system (e.g., psychology, biology, chemistry), normal and abnormal brain function and neural control of behaviour.
The program is specifically designed to teach and foster integration of information derived experimentally from this interdisciplinary approach by introducing students to neural mechanisms and biological structures as a means to understand and explain behavioural functions and expression primarily in the mammalian brain. Brain-behaviour relationships are examined predominantly through a macroscopic perspective and include topics such as sensation (e.g., visual perception) and motor function, regulatory systems (e.g., sleep), emotional systems (e.g., mood, stress), cognition (e.g., interhemispheric communication, language/linguistics, memory, executive functions) and related subjects (e.g., neuropharmacology).
The study of neuromotor control is aimed at understanding the neural processes facilitating body movement. The Neuromotor Stream is designed for students interested in how the body controls and perceives various movements in humans as well as in other species.
The transdisciplinary approach of the Neuromotor Stream allows for the integration of information from a variety of disciplines to gain a better understanding of the relationships between biomechanics, physiology and motor learning.
Environmental Neuroscience is the study of how the natural and built environment can influence brain and behaviour. This stream is designed to explore the importance of environmental sustainability in relation to the nervous system and behavioural function in humans as well as in other species.
The transdisciplinary approach, facilitated by drawing upon courses from the Centre for Neuroscience and the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, allows for the integration of information from a variety of disciplines to gain a better understanding of the relationships between the environment, neural function and behaviour.
A solid foundation in fundamental computer science is developed in the first years of the Neurocomputing Stream. This permits further study in advanced topics in artificial intelligence, such as machine learning and neural networks, which have wide applications in neuroscience.