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:
January 21, 2017
In this one-day course, we will delve into recent insights in understanding the neurobiology and behavior of early childhood attachment.
January 25, 2017 - March 1, 2017
Join Museum exhibition specialist Tom Doncourt for an after-hours, behind-the-scenes look at our legendary dioramas.
February 25, 2017
In this one-day course, we will explore the basic biology of stem cells, understand new research techniques, and address the ethical concerns that surround them.
March 8, 2017 - April 12, 2017
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 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.