MBB S-102 Becoming a Brain Scientist: Neuroscience and Psychology Research
How do scientists study brains, behavior, emotions, and learning? This course is an introduction to how neuroscientists gather data and learn about brain functioning, brain disorders, learning, and behavior. Students spend 10-15 hours each week in a Harvard laboratory, working side by side with research scientists. In addition, the class meets weekly to explore matters of interest to researchers in biological science, neuroscience, psychology, and medicine, including topics such as ways of communicating scientific findings, research ethics and human subjects' protection, and the funding of scientific research. Students read literature specific to their lab experience as well as more general material on research methods and design. A final paper and a poster presentation enable students to communicate their findings to other students in the course.
Participating laboratories conduct research in the following areas: mindfulness and its effects on health, brain disorders and mental disorders, and animal behavior.