Neurobiology of Behavior.
In the fall of 2011, I led two discussion sections of the course Neurobiology of Behavior offered through the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard. This class was taught by Jeff Lichtman and Josh Sanes. I was interested in teaching this course because of the diversity of the student profile: while some undergraduates took this course as a required component of their Neurobiology concentration, many students came from unrelated concentrations, and told me that the brain was “cool”, so I was thrilled to share my passion.
The course is an introduction into the ways in which the brain controls mental activities. It covers the cells and signals that process and transmit information, and the ways in which neurons form circuits that change with experience. Topics include the neurobiology of perception, learning, memory, language, emotion, and mental illness.