This module provides a detailed survey of the molecular components that mediate neurotransmission in the nervous system and confer plasticity on neurons and nervous systems (e.g. ligand-gated ion channels, NMDA receptors, G-protein coupled receptors, second messengers, gaseous signalling molecules such as nitric oxide). This leads on to the role of such components in various aspects of nervous system function and in control of whole-animal behaviour. Topics covered include: mechanisms of learning and memory; mechanisms by which drugs of abuse (e.g. cannabis) affect brain function; mechanisms of phototransduction, olfaction, touch and hearing in animals; genetic and neural substrates of circadian clocks that regulate rhythmic behaviours.

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