Learn how the nervous system produces behavior, how we use our brain every day, and how neuroscience can explain the common problems afflicting people today. We will study functional human neuroanatomy and neuronal communication, and then use this information to understand how we perceive the outside world, move our bodies voluntarily, stay alive, and play well with others.
Inna is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A great course if:
a. you have time to supplement the classes by doing online research;
b. you already have experience on the field and want to dig a little bit deeper.
As someone who has zero understanding of the brain and how it works, I found the classes a little bit confusing. They cover a lot of ground in very short videos, so I had to go online an research more --which can be frustrating.
Peggy Mason is great and her classes are fun, and her passion for the brain shows. I just wished they provided more information or a text book to go along the lectures. That would make the course easier.
Johncompleted this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
A fine class that gives you a nice introduction and overview to neuroscience. It is occassionally oversimplified and/or misleading, but it's generally good and interesting. Be prepared for numerous extremely short videos (2-3 minutes), each and every single one with the same intro/outro that gets extremely irritating after a while. In addition, the quizzes (both in-video and for a grade) are badly written and very irritating.
I have tried a couple other MOOCS and gave up on them due to dis-organization. This course is well organized, and developed.
Plus, the biggest asset is Professor Mason. She is dynamic, engaging, passionate about her subject and truly wants to share her passion and knowledge. Even if you only have a passing interest in neuro - take this course! You will become engaged.
Maximecompleted this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Great teacher! Very engaging lectures. I particularly enjoyed the laboratory sessions, with guided brain dissections (not advised to faint-of-stomach, though). Dr Mason is very good at communicating her passion for neurosciences. The course covers a variety of topics, not necessarily in a structured way but always with something interesting to learn.