A (Short) History of the Human Brain

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Taught by John Borghi

John Borghi is a science librarian and research support specialist at The Rockefeller University in Manhattan. Though he spent his formative years in the suburbs of Massachusetts, he has lived in New York for the last five years- earning a Ph.D. in Integrative Neuroscience from Stony Brook University in 2013. Find him on Twitter @JohnBorghi.

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From mislaid railroad spikes and dueling Nobel laureates to patients with "split" brains and immensely powerful electromagnets, the history of neuroscience is full of dramatic accidents, intriguing personalities, and sophisticated research methods.

In ninety minutes, this course will introduce the tenants of modern neuroscience through the lens of history. Current conceptions of brain anatomy will be discussed in terms of their origins in phrenology and observations of patients only capable of uttering the word 'tan.' The link between the brain of a French women who died fifty years ago and modern brain imaging will be revealed. If you are interested in neuroscience, in history, or in learning how experiments in telepathy significantly altered our view of the brain, then this class is for you.

No previous experience in neuroscience is necessary.

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