Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Blue and red structures that have six arms coming off of them.

A close-up image of a neuron. (Image courtesy of juliendn on Flickr.)


Abby Noyce

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Thought, learning, perception, reasoning, and language are all cognitive abilities powered by the soft squishy gray stuff inside our skulls. After a quick-and-dirty introduction to neurons and the brain, we'll examine several aspects of human cognition and look at the neurophysiology that underlies them. We'll also discuss methods used to study these areas, read some current research, and navigate the wilds of the science library.

Abby Noyce. Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience. Summer 2008. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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