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The Amazing Brain: A Neuroscience Experience

Instructors:
Dr. Ian Harrington
and Dr. Rupa Gordon

Dr. Ian Harrington is an associate professor of psychology at Augustana, who received his Ph.D. in psychology (neurobiology and animal learning) from the University of Toledo.

He is co-director of Augustana’s Neuroscience Program where he teaches courses like Brain & Behavior and Sensation & Perception, and conducts research in psychophysics and cognitive neuroscience.

rupa gordon

Dr. Rupa Gordon is an assistant professor of psychology at Augustana. She received her Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Iowa, where her research focused on understanding the effects of brain injury on behavior.

At Augustana, she teaches courses including cognitive neuropsychology and conducts research focused on the neural processes involved in social behavior.

Program dates: June 21-23 or June 23-25, 2015

Program cost: $300

Includes lodging, all meals and any field trips. For Session I, students arrive on campus Sunday, June 21 and depart Tuesday, June 23. For Session II, students arrive on campus Tuesday, June 23 and depart Thursday, June 25.

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

Session I

Sunday, June 21

  • 4:30 p.m. — Check-in

Monday, June 22

  • 9 a.m. — Brain organization and basic function
  • 10:30 a.m. — Sheep brain dissection
  • 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

Tuesday, June 23

  • 9 a.m. — Introduction to cognitive neuroscience
  • 10:30 a.m. — Cognitive neuroscience lab I/II (concurrent)
  • 12:15 p.m. — Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. — Cognitive neuroscience lab I/II (concurrent)
  • 3:15 p.m. — Frontiers in neuroscience
  • 3:45 p.m. — Wrap-up discussion & campus tours w/ student assistants

Session II

Tuesday, June 23

  • 4 p.m. — Check-in

Wednesday, June 24

  • 9 a.m. — Brain organization and basic function
  • 10:30 a.m. — Sheep brain dissection
  • 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

Thursday, June 25

  • 9 a.m. — Introduction to cognitive neuroscience
  • 10:30 a.m. — Cognitive neuroscience lab I/II (concurrent)
  • 12:15 p.m. — Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. — Cognitive neuroscience lab I/II (concurrent)
  • 3:15 p.m. — Frontiers in neuroscience
  • 3:45 p.m. — Wrap-up discussion & campus tours w/ student assistants