cod. 1007845

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Course unit structured in the following modules:

Learning objectives

to provide detailed knowledge of the sense organs and the visual system.


Basic knowledge of anatomo-physiological features of the nervous system. Basic knowledge of the physiology of the nerve cell.

Course unit content

The course will deal with basic notions concerning the physiology of the central nervous system, the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastroenteric, and renal apparatus.

Full programme

Anatomo-functional organization of the sensory systems starting from the peripheral structures up to the portions concerning the central nervous system, with particular emphasis on the vestibular system.
Notes on the anatomy of the eye. Structure of the retina and photo transduction process. Characteristics of ganglion cells. Anatomy of the visual pathways from the retina to the primary visual cortex. Magnocellular and parvocellular pathways. Deficits resulting from lesions of the visual pathways. Neuronal structure and characteristics of the primary visual cortex. Visual avenues of higher order. Perception of movement, depth, shape and color. Visual attention. Agnosie. Subcortical and cortical control of the different types of eye movements. Eye reflexes.


Fondamenti Fisiologia dell’Uomo. Edi-Ermes.

Stanfield - Fisiologia. Edi SES

Vander - Fisiologia. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons with the aid of visual support (slides)

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral, in which one question will focus on the Human Physiology module, one on the Physiology of the visual system and one on the part of applied technical medical sciences

Other information

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