This class was tough.
I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in the brain and cognition. Rather than stuffing our brains with bland facts, the professor taught us how to think critically and create knowledge on our own. A cornerstone of scientific progress is knowing how think creatively so that you push limits of our current understanding and strive to interpret the data effectively. I believe that Professor Gallant taught this lesson well. If you are willing to work hard and have an open mind, this course can be a path to a new perspective on your self and others.
I learned a great deal about scientific methods in cognitive neuroscience, as well as theories both historical and contemporary. A highlight to me was hearing about ground-breaking research from Professor Gallant as well as a guest speakers from UC Berkeley sharing their research from their labs. Professor Gallant challenged us to begin independent reading and creative thinking about research design, so that we could test our cognitive limits and explore what it means to be a neuroscientist.
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Advice for students:
If you have no interest in the brain or neuroscience, don't take this course! It requires students who are passionate and willing to put the necessary time in to truly delve into the subject. If you don't like to read or research independently, you will not enjoy the work. Definitely try to go to office hours to speak to Professor Gallant in person, because this can really help you understand the dense lecture material as well as understand his perspective and motivations for teaching the course in this tough format. Don't skip the required journal article readings, and try to have a basic understanding of brain function and structure going into the class.