Genes, Brain, and the Human Mind
Instructors: Professors Leon Rosenberg and Sam Wang
How did the human brain become the most complex organ in the animal kingdom? How do genetic and environmental forces produce its capabilities and maladies? These questions have fascinated philosophers, humanists, physicians, and scientists for millennia and will be the focus of this course. The course will use human genetics and systems neuroscience to analyze topics including autism, Alzheimer disease, bipolar disorder and drug addiction. Class time will emphasize lectures, discussion, and student-generated presentations. The goal is to reach a modern understanding of how the human brain works and sometimes fails.
Spring 2012 Application
This course is a seminar with student-led discussions and instructor lectures. Admission to the course requires this brief application. Preference will be given to students who have taken one genetics course (e.g. MOL 101, 205, 214, 215, or 342) and one neuroscience course (e.g. NEU 101 or 258 or PSY 208). Students who are unwilling or unable to make an early morning class time should not apply.
Which of the following genetics-containing courses have you completed?
Which of the following neuroscience courses have you completed?
For questions, please contact Dawn Tindall (firstname.lastname@example.org).