Brain and Action
Full course description
Humans mostly go through their lives without paying much attention to their actions such as breathing, eating and even learning. Our brain seems to take care of us in an almost effortless way by planning, initiating and executing our actions and by regulating our somatic homeostasis. The course Brain and Action is concerned with exactly how the nervous system does so. The course deals with the scientific study of the central and peripheral nervous system as well as with some of the latest developments in neuroscience. Via problem based learning tasks, both anatomy and functions of important neurological structures are examined. Real life anatomy is experienced during a practical session by dissection of a sheep brain.
Questions that will be raised during the course are, e.g.: How does the brain develop? How do brain cells communicate? How does the brain control our movement? What happens in Alzheimers or Parkinsons disease? How do environmental factors such as light and food impact our brain? Etc.
- To make students familiar with the basic division, anatomy and functions of the central and peripheral nervous system.
- To gain knowledge of the workings and anatomy of the brain's most important structures and functions.
- To gain basic practical knowledge of brain dissection.
The course is open for all students, however a genuine interest in neuroscience is recommended
Bear, M.F., (2016). Neuroscience: Exploring the brain (4th ed.). ISBN-13: 978-0781778176, scientific articles, online resources.