PHYSIOLOGY OF THE VISUAL
Learning outcomes of the course unit
To provide a quite detailed knowledge of the visual system
Basic knowledge of anatomo-physiological features of the nervous system. Basic knowledge of the physiology of the nerve cell.
Course contents summary
Anatomo-Physiological aspects of retina, visual pathways and of cortical visual areas
Basic notes on eye anatomy. Structure of retina and phototransduction process. Characteristics of ganglionic cells. Anatomy of visual pathways. Magnocellular and parvocellular pathways. Deficits following damage of visual pathways. Structure and function of primary visual cortex. High prder visual pathways. Perception of motion, depth, shape and color. Visual Attention. Visual agnosia.
Chapters on the visual system, from "Kandel, Schwartz and Jessel. Principi di Neuroscienze. Ed. Ambrosiana"
Assessment methods and criteria