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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

This course is designed to be an introduction to the human brain 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, neuroscience uses jargon such that a word or short phrase can carry the meaning of perhaps a paragraph of description. So, the basics of the brain course is designed to introduce you to this jargon and the key biological processes underpinning brain function. This means that, if you subsequently further your studies on the brain, you will be familiar and confident with the basics.


The 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.