This course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of neuroscience starting from the basic anatomy of the brain to the currently used research methods that are revolutionizing the field. Modeled after the famous text for neuroscience, The Principles of Neural Science by Eric Kandel, the course will try to answer the following five questions:
How does the brain develop?
How do nerve cells in the brain communicate with one another?
How do different patterns of interconnections give rise to different perceptions and motor acts?
How is the communication between neurons modified by experience?
How is that communication altered by disease?
Course material will be made accessible to science and non-science majors alike. Topics will range from understanding the divisions of the nervous system to how we process vision, to the debilitating diseases that affect our nervous system such as Alzheimer’s, addiction, and Epilepsy. Course requirements include weekly attendance, two Debates, one Midterm, and one Final Project.
After completing this course, students should be able to:
1. Understand some of the basic mechanisms of how our nervous system works
2. Describe methods of understanding the brain’s functions
3. Know at least two senses and how we perceive them
4. Explain the physical representation of memory and how we can alter this
5. Explain the processes that are malfunctioning in diseases of the nervous system
We accept all skill levels - if you're very knowledgeable we'd love for you to share, but if you have a general interest in Neuroscience we'd love for you to come and learn more!
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