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The Amazing Brain: A Neuroscience Experience

Program dates: June 16-18, 2019

Program cost: $340

Includes lodging, all meals and any field trips. Students arrive on campus Sunday, June 16 and depart Tuesday, June 18.

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Course description

In this two-day workshop students will be introduced to the organization and function of the brain, our most amazing organ! Participants will learn about the brain in the same way the neuroscientists do by asking questions, performing hands-on experiments, and drawing conclusions from their findings. Activities, including sheep brain dissection, the recording of electrical potentials from the legs of cockroaches, and the collection of biophysical signals from the human brain and body, will be supplemented by videos, short lectures, and discussions of topics that most interest the group. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a clearer understanding of the field of neuroscience and its practices.

Tentative schedule

Sunday, June 16

  • Check-in
  • Welcome

Monday, June 17

  • 9 a.m. — Brain organization and basic function
  • 9:45 a.m. — Sheep brain dissection
  • 11 a.m. — Small group work session
  • Noon — Lunch
  • 1 p.m. — Introduction to neural communication
  • 1:45 p.m. — Cockroach physiology lab I
  • 3 p.m. — Introduction to neuroprosthetics
  • 3:30 p.m. — Cockroach physiology lab II
  • 4 p.m. — Dismissal

Tuesday, June 18

  • 9 a.m. — Introduction to psychophysiology
  • 9:30 a.m. — Psychophysiology lab rotations I/II/III/IV (concurrent)
  • Noon — Lunch
  • 1 p.m. — Introduction to fear conditioning
  • 1:30 p.m. — Collect data and design future experiments
  • 2:30 p.m. — Discussion of neurological disorders
  • 3:30 p.m. — Amazing Brain trivia
  • 4 p.m. — Dismissal

Instructor: Dr. Shara Stough

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Dr. Shara Stough

Dr. Shara Stough is an assistant professor of psychology. She received her Ph.D. in neurobiology and behavior from the University of California, Irvine.

She is co-director of Augustana’s neuroscience program and enjoys spending her time talking with students about the brain and researching the mechanisms that underlie learning and memory.