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IAP 2010 Activity

An Introduction to Evolutionary Neuroscience
Vincent CK Cheung, Christiane Schreiweis
Tue Jan 12, Fri Jan 15, Tue Jan 19, Fri Jan 22, Tue Jan 26, 01:30-03:30pm, 46-3015

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 30 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

In this non-credit class we will discuss, over 5 seminars, some general principles underlying the evolution of brains in the history of life. Some questions we will ask in this short class include: How do we study evolution? What determines the brain sizes of different species? To what extent are neural structures conserved across species? How did novel neural connections in the brain emerge? And, what makes the mammalian/human brain special? No specific prerequisite required, though some basic knowledge of neuroscience and neuroanatomy will be extremely helpful.

Session 1: How do we study evolution?
Session 2: Evolutionary changes in brain size.
Session 3: Innovation of brain structures in evolutionary time.
Session 4: Evolution of neuronal connectivity.
Session 5: Uniqueness of the mammalian brain.
Contact: Susan Lanza, 46-2005R, x3-0482, sdl@mit.edu
Sponsor: Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Latest update: 04-Nov-2009

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