Introduction to Neuroscience: the Brain Before and After the Apocalypse
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.