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Sackler Brain Course: A Natural History of the Senses

Part of Courses for Adults

Five Mondays, October 29–November 26, 2018

ENTRANCE CHANGE: Please note the entrance for the first class on Monday, October 29th is 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. All other classes will enter through the advertised entrance at 79th Street.

Our experiences are shaped by the ways we sense our environment. How do we see, hear, smell, and feel the natural world? In this five-part course, we examine the science of sensory experience across the Tree of Life. Hear from neuroscientists and field biologists how sensory systems in humans and other animals are tuned to detect a diverse array of stimuli that guide behavior.



Week 1 (October 29th)

Course Introduction and Butterfly Vision and Coloration Patterns

Dr. Adriana Brisco, University of California, Irvine


Week 2 (November 5th)

Echolocation: Using Sound Waves to Map the World

Dr. Liliana Davalos, Stony Brook University

Dr. Angelo Soto-Centeno, Rutgers University


Week 3 (November 12th)

Bioelectric Fields in Fish: Communicating with Electricity

Dr. Nathaniel Sawtell, Columbia university

Dr. Carl Hopkins, Cornell University


Week 4 (November 19th)

Vision and Coloration in Birds: An Ultraviolet World

Dr. Mary Stoddard, Princeton University


Week 5 (November 26th)

Underwater Scenes: Acoustic and Geomagnetic  

Dr. Christopher Braun, Hunter College CUNY

Dr. Kenneth Lohmann, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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.