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BRAIN, MIND AND BEHAVIOR 9/1 My plan for today is to talk about the ideas for this course. The syllabus, the textbook, and about the logistics of the class, and I want to show a DVD that is about forty minutes long. The idea of offering this class is offering a class about the brain without any pre- requisites – so anyone who wants to learn about the brain, can learn about it. You don’t have to be a science major to find the brain interesting. If you are a linguistics major, you might find it I interesting to learn about the brain. If you are interested in art, you might it interesting to learn about the visual areas of the brain. Likes/wants class participation. This class is going to be a lot about readings, and then discussions, so the class is going to happen a lot here. You have to count on coming to class – this isn’t a class you can do from home. The books and articles that I picked for class, I picked them with this idea that you should be able to read them without being a science major. Maybe it’s been a while since you had biology in high school, and that it is fine. THE TELL TALE BRAIN – Ramachandran (?) I used to the previous editions of this book in this class previously, and this just came out this year. Since science is a field that is moving very quickly, I think we’re on a very steep learning curve in neroscience. It also means that you can’t really use the previous edition. The good news is that it isn’t going to be very expensive. You need this book – it is required. The other book we’re going to use is OLIVER SACH’S – AN ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS The third book that I put on as recommended, not required, is a textbook. BEAR – NEUROSCIENCE, exploring the brain. We’re going to alternate readings with lectures. We read some case stories about a person with a certain deficit – he might have brain damage. Ramachandran is pushing how we can learn about the normal functions of the brain when we figure out when something ahs gone wrong. We learn about their deficits and also how that affects their daily life. Following the readings, there will be a lecture on the topic. For the lectures, I am going to take the material from this textbook. I’m going to put up lecture notes on sakai from the lectures. It is going to be from the figures that I’m borrowing from here. If you don’t want it, then you don’t need to buy it. You’ll have the figures on sakai, and when you come here I’ll tell you all about it. It is an interesting book, at least I think so. It isn’t a dry extremely technical book, so if you have an interest in neuroscience, you might want to buy it.
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He developed a course at Brown which taught all different majors about the brain, so the book is written for non-science majors. It is interesting to read, so by all means, get it if you’re interested in the topic. If money is tight, and you don’t think you are going to buy it, you’ll be okay too. You can get an A about the book. I want to make it clear that this class is informal and friendly, and there are no stupid
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