This course emphasizes the reading, analysis, and presentation of scientific papers. Together, we will examine published research on multiple topics that will cover a broad range of experimental and theoretical approaches in neuroscience. The course will place a strong emphasis on developing writing skills and in preparing effective oral presentations. Students will be guided toward preparing a mock research proposal that will guide students towards the first-year PhD qualifying exam. 9 lectures. Requirements: 100% attendance, 1 essay, 1 mock proposal, 1 oral presentation of a research paper.