***Note: The Crick & Asanuma reading is not required for anyone who has had a neuroanatomy course.
The Churchland reading (and the lecture) are not required for anyone who has taken a neurophysiology course. The following paper is still worth reading, though, as an illustration of how information processing within a dendritic tree can be far more complex than linear summation of inputs:
The above is for those of you who would like a quick review of dot products and eigenvectors. It also contains some material on why linear algebra is relevant to neural network models.