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In Fall 2008, Barry Jacobs, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute presented the Alumni Studies course "The Brain: A User's Guide." The human brain is the most complex piece of machinery in the known universe. All that we are and all that we will ever be is the product of this three pound lump of gray tissue that resides within our heads. Over the past three decades, we have learned more about the brain than in all of previous recorded history. Yet the mind remains the profoundest of scientific mysteries. In this course Professor Jacobs explores how the 100 billion nerve cells that comprise the human brain give rise to our sensations and movements, our thoughts and memories, our dreams and emotions, and to devastating neuro- and psychopathologies.

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In Fall 2008, Barry Jacobs, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute presented the Alumni Studies course "The Brain: A User's Guide." The human brain is the most complex piece of machinery in the known universe. All that we are and all that we will ever be is the product of this three pound lump of gray tissue that resides within our heads. Over the past three decades, we have learned more about the brain than in all of previous recorded history. Yet the mind remains the profoundest of scientific mysteries. In this course Professor Jacobs explores how the 100 billion nerve cells that comprise the human brain give rise to our sensations and movements, our thoughts and memories, our dreams and emotions, and to devastating neuro- and psychopathologies.

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    Basic Building Blocks of Brain Function

    Basic Building Blocks of Brain Function

    Course introduction to "The Brain: A User's Guide" with a lecture about the basic building blocks of brain function, as presented by Barry Jacobs, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

    • 1 hr 46 min
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    Seeing is Believing

    Seeing is Believing

    The brain's visual system, as presented by Barry Jacobs, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

    • 1 hr 14 min
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    To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

    To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

    Research about sleep and the sleep-wake cycle, as presented by Barry Jacobs, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

    • 1 hr 47 min
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    Drugs, Drugs, Drugs

    Drugs, Drugs, Drugs

    Chemical neurotransmission and the ways that drugs affect the nervous system, as presented by Barry Jacobs, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

    • 2 hr
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    I Can't Play That Beethoven Sonata Anymore

    I Can't Play That Beethoven Sonata Anymore

    Neuropathology and neurodegenerative disorders, specifically Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, as presented by Barry Jacobs, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

    • 1 hr 53 min
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    The Shattered Mind

    The Shattered Mind

    Research about schizophrenia, as presented by Barry Jacobs, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

    • 1 hr 20 min

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