Research Topics in Neuroscience

An image of a  Midsaggital brain scan of a human.

Midsaggital scan of a human brain. (Image courtesy of MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.)


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January IAP 2003



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Course Description

Course Highlights

This survey course is designed to give students an overview of several different research areas in the field of neuroscience. Professors who are leaders in their fields present their research and future directions, to give the students a sense of what the field is and where it is going. The main questions yet to be answered will be raised, and each professor will explain how they are tackling these questions. The lecture notes give an outline and overview of each professor's presentation. The related resources provide areas for further exploration of the topics.

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Course Description

This series of research talks by members of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences introduces students to different approaches to the study of the brain and mind.

Topics include:

  • From Neurons to Neural Networks
  • Prefrontal Cortex and the Neural Basis of Cognitive Control
  • Hippocampal Memory Formation and the Role of Sleep
  • The Formation of Internal Modes for Learning Motor Skills
  • Look and See: How the Brain Selects Objects and Directs the Eyes
  • How the Brain Wires Itself

Related Content

Peter Schiller. 9.95-A Research Topics in Neuroscience. January IAP 2003. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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