Behavioural Studies in Neuroscience


Langue d'enseignement : Anglais
Crédits ECTS: 6


  • Heures d'enseignement dispensées à l'étudiant : 54 heures
  • Temps de travail personnel : 60 heures

Objectifs et compétences

Objectifs :
The objective is to develop a critical mind in the face of the diversity of current techniques and protocols used in behavioural studies and to encourage a creative mind. Students will receive solid training on how to study behaviors from conceptual to practical levels and will develop their knowledge of animal models of behavioural processes, particularly models with genetic modifications and pharmacology. Students will be informed about comprehensive behavioral techniques applied in Neuroscience field covering from basic spontaneous behaviors or neurological reflexes to motor, sensory, emotional, as well as higher-level functions such as attention, executive function and learning and memory. They will learn to assess finely alterations of these behaviors in rodents with genetic manipulations. Three different behavioral devices (radial maze, water-maze and Barnes maze) frequently used in the molecular and behavioral neurosciences will be extensively developed to illustrate the objective and sprit of this teaching unit. Students will actively participate in the analysis of documents and scientific articles as well as the statistical analysis of real experimental data. A teaching-by-practice will be carried out in laboratory. This teaching unit is an excellent complementary training to the M1 units Emotion and Cognition: from theory to animal models, Plasticity of the nervous system, Pharmacology and Neuropharmacology. It is a valuable extension of the unit Cognitive Neurosciences for M2 students who want to specialize in behavioural approaches but is accessible to all neuroscience students who are interested to acquire a solid education in this field of the neurosciences.

Compétences :
  • Describe the origins and possible future of Neurosciences
  • Look for and apply for an international PhD position
  • Look for and apply for an international job in the industry
  • Look for and apply for other jobs related to Neurosciences
  • Find and get appropriate complementary training/education at the international level

  • Know the fundamental rules of health and security at work in the lab
  • Know the basis of animal care, occupational health, good research practices and euthanasia
  • Know categories of invasiveness and the principles of anaesthesia, analgesia, and surgery
  • Design experimental protocols
  • Process and analyse data using appropriate tools including specialised software
  • Apply the rules of health and security at work in the lab
  • Demonstrate proficiency in handling, restraining, sampling, sexing and realizing injections, anaesthesia, analgesia, euthanasia, and necropsy of lab animals (mice and rats)
  • Work independently on specific research tasks
  • Communicate effectively in English and native language on the procedures followed and the results yielded by experiments with the matching interpretation to diverse audiences using a range of media (from research papers to public communications)
  • List ethical issues and regulations linked to animal and human experimentation

  • Have in-depth knowledge of at least one specialized Neurosciences field
  • Apply the basic technical approaches of Neurosciences 4.1 Neuroanatomy 4.2 Neurophysiology 4.3 Cellular & molecular neurosciences 4.4 Neuropharmacology 4.5 Behavioural approaches
  • Formulate appropriate questions and propose effective investigations to complex Neurosciences issues: 5.1. Identify and critically asses theoretical and practical approaches to develop appropriate strategies of investigation 5.2 Critically review specialized bibliography 5.3 Monitor and evaluate results
  • Study and work out a concrete, practical Neurosciences problem independently.
  • Examine their own practice in a critical manner and modify accordingly, including reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of brain research
  • Name the technical approaches of Neurosciences, explain their theoretical groundings and know when to use them

  • Neurosciences display a very extensive range of interests, from the molecular level to cognition and even further (societal Neuroscience…). Additional specific learning outcomes in a related field can thus spread from mathematics or physics to psychology or sciences of education and cannot be detailed here

Organisation pédagogique

le mode de fonctionnement de l'UE est présenté au début des enseignements

Contrôle des connaissances

Session 1

Contrôle continu coef 0,25

Examen terminal écrit 2h coef 0,75

note éliminatoire si inférieure 8/20

Session 2

Report de note de contrôle continu coef 0,25

Examen terminal écrit (2h) ou oral selon effectif coef 0,75

note éliminatoire si inférieure 8/20

Lectures recommandées

l'ensemble des références bibliographiques est communiqué au début des enseignements

Responsable de l'unité d'enseignement

Jean-Louis Guillou


la composition de l'ensemble de l'équipe pédagogique est communiquée au début des enseignements