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The Brain: Fact or Fiction?
Fall 2024
Section: 01  

Dopamine fasting, bio-hacking, and nootropics, oh my! It seems like every day experts present us with a new method to "fix" or "understand" our brains. But, how do we assess what is true in the world of neuroscience? In this course, we will discuss some common misconceptions about the brain perpetuated in the media and discover the origins of these common myths. Not only will we learn some neuroscience, but this course will also teach the basics of assessing scientific claims. Students will get practice reading primary scientific articles, writing accurately about psychological research, and critiquing brain science as depicted in their favorite (or least favorite) media, from podcasts to science fiction. Assignments will include two short writing assignments and one long paper that will be written throughout the duration of the course.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM PSYC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on JUL-17-2024
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