X-ray scans of human brains

Good brain, bad brain: basics

This course introduces what we already know, and what we are still discovering, about the form and function of the human brain.

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About the course

The first in the three-course ‘Good brain, bad brain’ series about the human brain, this course is designed to be an introduction to the key concepts and aims to provide basic information and explanations for the non-specialist so that you may better understand your own amazing brain. We will look at what it’s made of, how these components are organised and how they function. This information is helping neuroscientists across the globe to understand how the brain is able to do everything from stopping you falling off your bike, to making you feel sad that your football team lost their game to helping you learn how your brain works!

Like all specialist areas, the field of neuroscience has its own terminology, and often a single word or short phrase can carry a whole paragraph’s meaning. This course is designed to introduce you to this specialist lexicon and the key biological processes underpinning brain function. This means that, if you subsequently further your studies on the brain, perhaps by taking the other two courses in the ‘Good brain, bad brain’ series - Parkinson’s Disease (which will be running later this year - click here for course overview) and Drug Origins (which starts on the 28th April and is currently open for enrolment - click here to sign up) - when they run later this year, you will be familiar and confident with the basics.

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This course will also give you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation.

Requirements

this course is aimed at anyone with an interest in finding out the fundamentals of what we know about how the human brain works, and only assumes that you will have basic school-level biological knowledge. So, you might be doing your A levels and considering studying a neuroscience-related degree subject, or you might be a computer-scientist interested in neural networks, or in business and wondering how the workings of your employees’ brains influences the culture of your business, or maybe you just find the brain plain fascinating.