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Course: Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life
Mondays, April 20  -  July 6*
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
*No class on May 25 or June 29
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Taught by:  Peggy Mason, PhD
Facilitated by: Cameron Bove

Facilitated by Cameron Bove, Monday Scholars is a weekly program from April 20 to July 6. Monday Scholars offers the best of two worlds: online learning and classroom discussion. Each week, a new lecture topic will be watched and discussed. All participants need to do is come ready to engage their minds and participate in discussion. There are no required homework assignments, log-ins, or other commitments. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Registration is required.


About the Course: Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life

The Neurobiology of Everyday Life is a 10-week course intended for anyone interested in how the nervous system works. No background in science is needed! If you have ever wondered how the brain works in every day life, and how neuroscience can explain the common problems afflicting people today, then this course is for you. Join us in learning and discussing the way the brain works in every day life!

The course starts by introducing basic neuroanatomy, neurodevelopment and mechanisms of neural communication. You will gain an understanding of how injury and disease of different types and in different locations can alter a person’s life. Together, we’ll examine how we perceive the outside world, how we act in the world volitionally or emotionally, how our nervous system allows us to live, and how cognition operates to make us the human individuals that we are. 

We will look at the neurobiology of everyday situations such as multitasking (walking and chewing gum) and at the ways in which the nervous system commonly fails us (e.g. motion sickness). Each week, topics that are best described as neuro-philosophical conundrums will be discussed. Beyond emerging from this course with a new appreciation of many neurological conditions, you will come out recognizing the brain in action all day and every day!

 About the Professor: Peggy Mason, PhD

Peggy Mason, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Chicago. She received both her BA in Biology and her PhD in Neuroscience from Harvard. Professor Mason has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago since 1992. She has taught undergraduate, graduate and medical students and has received numerous teaching awards. Using her nearly 15 years of experience teaching medical students, Professor Mason wrote Medical Neurobiology, a single-author textbook designed for medical students (Oxford University Press, 2011). 

After a 25-year focus on the cellular mechanisms of pain modulation (how does morphine work? and related questions), her laboratory has begun to concentrate on the biological basis of empathy. Additional interests are the development of feeding patterns during early life and the biology of vasomotor disorders (hot flashes, night sweats). For tangential musings on every-day-neurobiology, visit Professor Mason’s blog thebrainissocool.com.



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