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In order to gain a functional understanding of the parts of the brain, how they work, and what the brain reacts to, Ronald Salazar takes an in depth look at the brain, its composition, and its activity by showing, directing, and sharing real research he did in his field, which is neurology, to help students fully understand physical and experimental situations that affect behavior throughout the developmental life span of the brain.
I think the best part of the course has been to develop my presentation on a neurological disease. I chose Narcolepsy, but other students examined Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Amnesia, and hosts of others. We learned about how the brain reacts to the chemicals it produces naturally and how the brain behaves when other chemicals are added to the mix. We also explored addiction, depression, psychosis and so many other really intriguing behavioral complexes that the brain develops. It is a really cool course and there is so much that can be related to your own experiences with yourself, loved ones, and others around you. And more than anything it helps create a better understanding of why it is that we, as human animals, behave the way we do.
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Read the text, prepare for class, show up to lecture, and participate. It's the best way to get something fulfilling out of your time in Ronald Salazar's courses.