Are you interested in learning how we perceive the world around us? What is memory in physical terms? How do we create thoughts, and move accordingly? We each have a kit of electrical machinery constantly functioning enabling us to see, hear, taste, move around, and accomplish all necessary functions to live. To understand these fundamental processes, we have to look at where all these thoughts and perceptions begin: the brain, in the study of neuroscience. Though we still have a lot to learn about the mechanisms that allow us to cognitively appraise ourselves as well as the world around us, we have progressed more in the last 20 years of research than the 200 years before it. If you want to learn more about the neurons, neurotransmitters, and cognitive functions that permit (or at times inhibit) us to live as we do, enroll in Neuroscience 101!
We will explore the fundamentals of neuroscience, various neurodegenerative diseases, and new developments in the field, among other topics, through interesting lectures, engaging discussions, and assigned readings, the content of which will be tested through a midterm, debate, and a final project.
The class will function synchronously: attendance for lecture, project presentations, and debates is mandatory. Alternative assignments will be provided if a student cannot attend a debate.