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Neuroscience of Vision

Code 12506
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Biomedical Sciences
Entry requirements --
Mode of delivery Face to face
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes In this curricular unit it is intended that the student achieve knowledge upon microscopic, macroscopic and functional mechanisms underlying vision of objects and associated pathology
At the end of this curricular unit the student should be able to understand eye´s anatomy, visual pathways´ anatomy and their function, as well as the physiology of movement vision, colour vision and light vision. The student will also be able to understand the pathology associated with the loss of vision, the changes in ocular movements and the pathology associated with movement perception, shape and colour both at anatomical and functional levels. The student will also be able to read, understand and to discuss a scientific article related with this subject.
Syllabus 1. Anatomy macroscopic of the eye.
2. The retina and the optic nerve. Physiology of the nervous impulse. Image formation and transformation in nervous stimulus.
3. Anatomical localization of the visual pathways and transmission of information on optic nerve.
4. Pathology of visual pathways - hemianopsy and quadrantanopsy.
5. Anatomy of the visual cortex.
6. Cranial nerves (III, IV and VI). Origin, physiology and pathological changes.
7. Perception of movement, of deepness and shape of an object.
8. The Magno and parvocelular pathways. The visual cortex and movement perception.
9. Colour vison and pathology.
10. Visual perception and illusions.
11. Visual agnosia to shape and pattern and movement.
12. Neurologic and non neurologic causes of partial and total blindness.
13. Headache attributed to ocular disorder.
Main Bibliography - Elaine Marieb, Katja Hoehn. Human anatomy and physiology. 7eth ed. (2012). ISBN-13: 978-0321743268
- Eric Kandel, James Schwartz, Thomas Jessell. Principles of Neural Science. 4th ed. (2000). ISBN-13:978-0838577011
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The sessions are organized by combining two complementary teaching techniques: (i) presentation and discussion classes (supported by slides and other supporting material made available through the e-content platform). Seminars to present research topics and topics related to the Visual Neurosciences. The evaluation includes a theoretical part in the form of a written test (includes quiz on thematic seminar topics) and the preparation of a scientific paper with oral presentation.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-02-02

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