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.
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.
- The course is open for all students, however, a back ground in biology is recommended.
Bear, M.F., (2016). Neuroscience: Exploring the brain (4th ed.). ISBN-13: 978-0781778176, scientific articles, online resources.