Monday, 25 April 2011

SD329: TMA-1

Time for the first piece of coursework.

There are three questions on this.
It starts with the first question - where we have to write a brief essay (600 words) on the structure and function of the neuron. It's been a while since I had to write an essay, but the format comes back to me. We have to mention things like dendrites, axons, neurotransmitters and so on. All in just 600 words. It appears conciseness is a virtue in this course.

Question 2 is a bit about sensory inputs, and how they are detected, encoded and received. We also have to describe lateral inhibition.

In question 3 we are given a paper to read all about the McGurk effect, which you can see an example of here. There is a lot of detail in the paper, and several images of brains. We are asked a number of detailed questions on the scope of the paper and the results. By the end of this, I'm beginning to find I no longer wish to hear or see the McGurk effect again!

Anyway, first TMA posted, and a rather poor score for me. If we had a cat I would probably kick it.

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