This course will focus on the nervous system, how the nervous system produces behavior, how we use our brain every day, and how neuroscience can explain the common problems afflicting people today. We will study functional human neuroanatomy and neuronal communication, and use this information to understand how we perceive the outside world, move our bodies voluntarily, stay alive, and play well with others. Special attention will be paid to the application of neurobiology to ethical issues.
This course fulfills the Biological Sciences requirement.
Peggy Mason is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Chicago. After twenty-five of researching the cellular mechanisms of pain modulation, her research interests have shifted to the biological basis of empathy and helping. Additionally, she is a self-described “neuroevangelist” and is thrilled for opportunities to teach neurobiology to interested audiences of non-specialists. Her efforts in this realm include reaching tens of thousands of people through her Twitter (@NeuroMOOC), her blog, and open online courses through Coursera.