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Brain: The Inside Story

Five Mondays, November 7–December 5, 2016

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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.