These are very unique times for brain research. The aperitif for the course will thus highlight the present “brain-excitements” worldwide. You will then become intimately acquainted with the operational principles of neuronal “life-ware” (synapses, neurons and the networks that they form) and consequently, on how neurons behave as computational microchips and how they plastically and constantly change - a process that underlies learning and memory. Recent heroic attempts to realistically simulate large cortical networks in the computer will be highlighted (e.g., “the Blue Brain Project”) and processes related to perception, cognition and emotions in the brain will be discussed. For dessert we will deliberate on the future of brain research, including the questions of “brain and art”, consciousness and free will. For more information see the course promo below and read “About the course.”
I've taken quite a few courses through www.coursera.org, and they've all been excellent, but Synapses, Neurons, and Brains was exceptional; absolutely spellbinding. Professor Segev and his staff did a fabulous job. I highly recommend it, even - or perhaps especially - to non-specialists (such as myself) looking to expand their horizons. You'll be amazed; I guarantee it.
Professor Segev is very enthusiastic and the lectures are well developed. I had no knowledge about neuroscience and this course showed me the basis of computational neuroscience and some advanced research being done today.
Marta Serena completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
It is fascinating to know the mechanism of the neuron! An exciting course with a very passionate teacher. Very recommendable