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Diploma in Neurophysiology & Neuro-Instrumentation

In this free online course, learn about neurophysiology, a neuroscience branch that studies the functioning brain.

Publisher: NPTEL
The human brain is fascinating and controls your ability to think, feel, see, hear, and speak. It coordinates motor function and shapes behaviour. Understanding the central nervous system’s function is the purpose of neurophysiology. Neuro-instrumentation is the technical science implemented to record and interpret brain activity. This free course in Neurophysiology & Neuro-instrumentation will pique your interest as you delve into this subject.
Diploma in Neurophysiology & Neuro-Instrumentation
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    15-20 Hours
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Neurophysiology helps doctors and researchers understand mental disorders, evaluate brain function and guide treatment for conditions such as seizures, sleep problems, depression, and Parkinson's disease. Would you like to understand the link between the human brain and mental and physical disorders? This course in Neurophysiology and Neuro-instrumentation aims to uncover this question. It will teach you about the human central nervous system, its components and functions. It will also enlighten you about the technical science behind electroencephalograms, electrical brain stimulation, event-related potentials, and the manufacturing of electrodes and circuits used in neuroscience instruments. You will first investigate the human central nervous system’s architecture, starting with the neuron. You will explore the neuron’s components, such as axons and dendrites, and how they extend to form neuronal circuits. A close look at the neuron’s cell membrane and its ionic channels’ electric-chemical properties will keep you intrigued. Understanding the neuron’s cell membrane function is crucial in learning how these nerve cells exchange information with each other via neuronal synapses and action potentials.

As you continue to study the human central nervous system’s design, you will analyse the cerebrum’s anatomical structure, the cerebellum, and the spinal cord. Explore the functions of the cerebrum’s four lobes, and the purpose of sulci and gyri on the surface of the cerebrum. You will learn about the use of nano-technology in manufacturing the primary tools used for electrophysiological recordings. These include voltage clamps, and patch clamps. Learn how to place electrodes on the scalp to perform an electroencephalogram or an EEG. An important concept to understand is how an EEG is performed, what a resting membrane potential is, and the mechanics of action potentials. You will learn about intra-cellular and extra-cellular recordings in measuring membrane potentials. At the heart of the course, you will study neurobiology and axonology. These exciting terms explain how neurons are both chemically and electrically stimulated. Master how to mathematically model synaptic potentials and action potentials so that they can provide a theoretical description of neuronal activity.

Next, you will learn about brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and electro-convulsive therapy in treating depression and chronic pain. This helps control mental disorders such as dyslexia and schizophrenia and provides treatment for patients with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other brain function conditions. Finally, you will learn how to record event-related potentials or the brain’s voltage changes preceding specific visual, auditory, or sensory stimuli to evaluate mental function. You will know what different event-related potentials reveal about a patient's health and the equipment needed to record ERPs. You will end the course by studying how chips, sensors and other electrical components used in electrophysiological recordings are manufactured. Imagine those suffering from Alzeheimer’s or Parkinson’s regaining their faculties and physical capabilities, or enhancing mental performance to increase an individual’s IQ. That is the future of neuroscience. This course is complex, challenging, and rewarding for anyone studying neuroscience, or medical professionals interested in understanding neurophysiology and the instruments used to monitor, study and evaluate brain activity. So why wait! Register today and take this free diploma course on Neurophysiology and Neuro-instrumentation.



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