Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

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Course DatesMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRNRegistration
July 27, 2020 - August 07, 20207/27 - 8/07M-F 12:15P-3:05POpenKristin Scaplen

Course Description

The brain has an incredible ability to acquire and store information about the world to guide future behavior. These memories collected across our lifetime make each one of us unique. But how are these memories made and where are they store? Why are some memories amazingly vivid? Are you sure you can trust them?

This course will combine insights from psychology and neuroscience research to explore the current understanding of the neurobiology of learning and memory: from molecules to behavior. The main objectives are to: 1) explore different types of learning and memory, at multiple levels 2) to appreciate the importance, fragility, and complexities of the memory process 3) understand how scientists are using cutting edge technology to manipulate memories and understand diseases/disorders affecting learning and memory. To do this, we will draw examples from a variety of organisms, including ourselves.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe and differentiate the various types of learning and memory and the supporting brain regions
  • Read, understand, and critically analyze research articles in the field of learning and memory
  • Evaluate their own learning and understand how to improve their learning and memory in different settings

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEBN0901
  • Length: 2 weeks

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences, offering over 200 non-credit courses, one- to four-weeks long, taught on Brown’s campus. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2020.

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