Brain: The Inside Story
November 7, 2016 - December 5, 2016
Join us for a five‐part introductory course exploring the inner workings of the brain, with experts who will discuss the latest neuroscience research. Discover how the brain processes sensory stimuli, delve into its anatomy, and explore the evolutionary history of this magnificent and mysterious organ. Examine real specimens and test your own brain with activities based on real experiments.
November 7: Basics of the Brain: Soha Ashrafi, Ph.D.
Learn about the fundamentals of brain function and cutting-edge techniques in neuroscience, and observe real human brain specimens.
November 14: The Senses: Rudy Behnia, Ph.D.
Our senses allow us to translate the information in our environment into perceptions; how does our brain accomplish this?
November 21: Memory: Daphna Shohamy, Ph.D.
How are experiences encoded in the brain, and how are they recalled? Test your skills in activities that engage different types of memory.
November 28: Emotions: Elizabeth Phelps, Ph.D.
What are the neural substrates of emotional experiences? How does our brain represent feelings?
December 5: Evolution of the Brain: Herman Pontzer, Ph.D.
Learn about the ways in which the human brain evolved to coordinate language, social behavior, and beyond.
The Museum gratefully acknowledges The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. for its support to establish the Sackler Brain Bench, part of the Museum’s Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins, in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, offering ongoing programs and resources for adults, teachers, and students to illuminate the extraordinary workings of the human brain.
More in this Series:
March 8, 2017 - April 12, 2017
Sold out - For those who have never taken the Museum’s popular Animal Drawing class, this new course begins with basics and offers one-on-one guidance from master illustrator and naturalist Patricia Wynne.
March 9, 2017 - April 27, 2017
Sold out - The celebrated dioramas, dinosaur exhibits, and halls of the Museum serve as the settings for an intensive after-hours drawing course with illustrator and naturalist, Patricia Wynne.
March 11, 2017
Compare human-induced sea level rise, a consequence of global warming, with the natural variability in sea level height caused by El Niño and other ocean atmosphere phenomena.
March 22, 2017 - May 3, 2017
Amaze your friends and family as you take control of the Hayden Planetarium, and lead your own tour through the cosmos, using the Museum’s cutting-edge 3D map of universe.
April 20, 2017 - May 18, 2017
Learn about current stem cell therapies, the challenges ahead, and potential future treatments.
April 29, 2017
Wake up your mind with our first ever Brain Brunch! Eat, drink, and learn about the enigmatic and important function of sleep. Experts in the field discuss their work on the science of sleep, and the role rest plays in learning, memory, and behavior.