Note: This is an introductory course in neuroscience. No prior experience with the subject is required!

Learn the basics of neuroscience, dissect a brain (if willing), predict the conditions of the future worlds our brains will inhabit, and create an individual computer-based brain model of your own imagination.

This class will explore human brain evolution by investigating both the current state of our brains and the many possible future states of our brains based on predicted post-apocalyptic scenarios. The goal of the class is to both impart a rigorous understanding of and comfort with the brain, and to simultaneously adventure into the future through creative neuro-evolution.

The field of neuroscience has progressed rapidly over the last few decades, providing invaluable tools to study human cognition. We will employ as many of these tools as possible throughout the class, and read primary scientific papers utilizing all others. The class is interactive and will take part in real brain dissections (this is not mandatory, however, and can be opted out of for anyone interested in the topic but uncomfortable with dissection). No prior knowledge of neuroscience is required.

Full syllabus here.

Lauren Silbert, PhD, is a neuroscientist who studies the underlying neural correlates of communication. Her work focuses on interactive neuroscience where she has developed new technology and analytical tools to study the interaction between brains and the neurobiology that facilitates communication. Her work is published in multiple scientific journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Neuroscience, and Neuron, and has been featured on radio shows such as NPR’s Radiolab and Voice of America. Lauren is also a visual installation artist whose work has been publicly displayed in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Lauren has a PhD in Neuroscience from Princeton University, a Masters in Neuroscience from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, a Masters in Psychology from NYU, and a Bachelors in biology and photography from the University of Pennsylvania.