Summer 2023 Psychology OC3226 section 001

Neuroscience in Paris

Call Number 12500
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Alfredo Spagna
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

PSYC3226OC:  Nueroscience in Paris: 4 points.

Instructor: Alfredo Spagna, Department of Psychology

Modern theories attempt to characterize the human mind in terms of information processing. But machines that process information do not seem to feel anything; a computer may for instance receive inputs from a video camera, yet it would be hard to imagine that it sees or experiences the vividness of colors like we do. This course explores behaviors by understanding the influences of biological processes. What does a prototypical neuron look like? How do neurons talk to each other? How does neuronal communication produce behavior? Then we will move into asking deeper questions like: what happens in the brain when you want to move? why do we dream? How do we form memories? Nobody has yet provided a convincing theory as to how to explain the subjective nature of our mental lives in objective physical terms. Over four weeks, CSP23 attempts to provide a strong introductory foundation to the field of human neuroscience.

Each week we will review a neuroscientific field, by following the four main components of the scientific method:

  • Observation and formulation of scientific questions
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Accurate and transparent communication of results
  • High-level discussion of the findings and future directions and societal relevance

To enroll in this course, you must apply to the  Columbia Summer Practicum: Neuroscience in Paris program, through the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE). Global Learning Scholarships available. Tuition charges apply.

Web Site Vergil
Department Global Programs
Enrollment 14 students (20 max) as of 1:06PM Thursday, July 18, 2024
Subject Psychology
Number OC3226
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20232PSYC3226S001