Mammalian Brain and Behavior

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Course Description

Our brain is the most complex and fascinating structure in the universe. It is the only organ within the body that controls all of our sensations, emotions and movements. It allows us to have thoughts about our day, and hopes and dreams about the future. But how does the brain accomplish such a task?

Students should expect an introductory survey of the concepts and methods in neuroscience – ranging from the structure of the nervous system, to major subdivisions of the brain, and how each region ultimately gives rise to the qualities that we consider human. We will begin our discussion with the building blocks of the nervous system: neurons and glial cells, followed by an in-depth review of brain lobes and their associated functions.

Additionally, this course will examine a number of neurological disorders that result from drugs and injury to the brain. In this portion of the class, students will get the opportunity to conduct their own research in a topic of their choice. This will involve conducting a basic literature search, referencing data, and preparing a poster presentation to the class. Lectures will be augmented with small group discussions, videos, as well as in-class activities that give a holistic understanding of a number of these disorders.

While the purpose of this course is to introduce you to the various functions and structures that make up the human brain, these concepts will ultimately provide a foundation for further study in neuroscience, methods necessary in conducting research, as well as the principles that currently guide investigation in the field.

Prerequisites: While it is not necessary, students should have a good understanding of basic human biology prior to enrolling in this course.


Course Information

  • Course Code: CEBN0605
  • Length: 2 weeks

Program Information

STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders

Two-week, non-credit residential program focused on STEM subjects and taught on Brown’s campus. For students completing grades 8-9 by June 2019; minimum age of 14 and maximum age of 15 by the start of the program.

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