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Brains, Minds, and Social Life

Course Code NAT-324
Lecture hours per week
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open

Recent progress in neuroscience, psychology and behavioral genetics has challenged and reshaped many of our perspectives about ourselves, including how nature and culture influence who we are, how we think and the choices we make. Our current scientific knowledge of the brain teaches us not only about who we are but also how others can influence our political views and consumer choices. In this course, students gain a novel understanding of the relationship between brain and mind, love, sexuality, beauty, affection, morality, gender, responsibility, empathy, memory, mental illness, pain and happiness. Students examine how new brain modification methods could prove vital for developing new treatments for psychological disorders, improve recovery from traumatic brain injuries, reduce criminal activity and enhance our ability to remember, learn and think.