The University of Chicago

Duke University

Emory University

HSE University

Institute for the Future

Yale

Getting To Know Your Brain

"The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe."

- Michio Kaku

The Details

The brain is the body's most complex organ. There are around 86 billion neurons in the human brain, all of which are in use at this very moment. We think, dream, remember, see, smell, feel, formulate ideas, create mental representations, images, make decisions, and respond to people and events emotionally. These mental states are associated with various activities in the brain. We are directly aware of our mental life but we are not in touch with the ways in which our brain works both to control our mental and physical activities and to organize our capacities to navigate the world. This ExploreMYX is designed to take you “under the hood’ of your brain, the control center through which you navigate the environment and respond to it.

Leading Explorers

Dr. Joe Dispenza, Martine Rothblatt, Eric Kandel

How Long It’ll Take

1 semester

Cost:

$225

exploremyx: Getting To Know Your Brain

1. The University of Chicago

Understanding the Brain, The Neurobiology of Everyday Life

Learn how the nervous system produces behavior, how we use our brain every day, and how neuroscience can explain the common problems afflicting people today. We will study functional human neuroanatomy and neuronal communication, and then use this information to understand how we perceive the outside world, move our bodies voluntarily, stay alive, and play well with others.

What You’ll Learn

  • Learn how the nervous system produces behavior

  • How we use our brain every day

  • How neuroscience can explain the common problems afflicting people today

2. Duke University

The Brain and Space

This course is about how the brain creates our sense of spatial location from a variety of sensory and motor sources, and how this spatial sense in turn shapes our cognitive abilities.

Knowing where things are is effortless. But “under the hood,” your brain must figure out even the simplest of details about the world around you and your position in it. Recognizing your mother, finding your phone, going to the grocery store, playing the banjo – these require careful sleuthing and coordination across different sensory and motor domains. This course traces the brain’s detective work to create this sense of space and argues that the brain’s spatial focus permeates our cognitive abilities, affecting the way we think and remember.

What You’ll Learn

  • How the brain creates our sense of spatial location

  • How to trace the brain’s detective work

  • How the brain’s spatial focus permeates our cognitive abilities, affecting the way we think and remember

3. Duke University

Visual Perception and The Brain

Learners will be introduced to the problems that vision faces, using perception as a guide. The course will consider how what we see is generated by the visual system, what the central problem for vision is, and what visual perception indicates about how the brain works. The evidence will be drawn from neuroscience, psychology, the history of vision science and what philosophy has contributed. Although the discussions will be informed by visual system anatomy and physiology, the focus is on perception. We see the physical world in a strange way, and the goal is to understand why.

What You’ll Learn

  • The problems that vision faces, using perception as a guide

  • What visual perception indicates about how the brain works

  • The history of vision science and what philosophy has contributed

4. Emory University

The Addicted Brain

This is a course about addiction to drugs and other behaviors. It will describe what happens in the brain and how this information helps us deal with and overcome addiction. It will also discuss other topics, such as government policy and our vulnerability to take drugs. This course will help deepen your understanding of the brain and how it works around the topic of addictions.

What You’ll Learn

  • Prevention programs and how they can help

  • Addiction treatment types and how they are implemented

  • The brain and its infinite complexities

  • Drug and alcohol abuse treatment

5. HSE University

Introduction to Neuroeconomics: How the Brain Makes Decisions

Economics, psychology, and neuroscience are converging today into a unified discipline of Neuroeconomics with the ultimate aim of creating a single, general theory of human decision-making. Neuroeconomics provides biologists, economists, psychologists and social scientists with a deeper understanding of how they make their own decisions and how others decide. Neuroscience, when allied with psychology and economics, creates powerful new models to explain why we make decisions. Neurobiological mechanisms of decision-making, decisions under risk, trust and cooperation will be central issues in this course. You will be provided with the most recent evidence from brain-imaging techniques (fMRI, TMS, etc.) and introduced to the explanatory models behind them.

What you’ll learn

  • Understanding of neuroeconomics

  • General theory of human decision-making

  • You will be provided with the most recent evidence from brain-imaging techniques (fMRI, TMS, etc.) and introduced to the explanatory models behind them

6. Institute for the Future

This is Your Brain on the Future

Humans are the only living creatures with the ability to think about and make plans for the long-term future. Even so, our brains don’t always make it easy. Over the past decade, scientists have discovered a number of neurological “road blocks” to effective futures thinking. These glitches in the brain make it harder for us to accurately predict how we’ll feel and what we’re likely to do, when a particular future arrives. They lead us to make faulty assumptions about which futures are likely or unlikely to happen. And they convince us we have less power to shape and influence the future than we actually do – leaving us stuck in the present.

In this course, you’ll learn how to overcome these obstacles so you can think about the future more strategically and creatively. You’ll practice simulation techniques for “unsticking” the mind when it comes to seeing what’s possible in the future and accepting how things could be different. You’ll also learn how to lead others through “first-person future” simulations, which have been shown in scientific studies to improve strategy and increase motivation and hope for the future. Along the way, leading futurists from the Institute from the Future will share some of their most challenging forecasts to help you stretch your imagination and improve your simulation skills.

What you’ll learn:

  • Overcome these obstacles so you can think about the future more strategically and creatively

  • You’ll practice simulation techniques for “unsticking” the mind

  • You’ll also learn how to lead others through “first-person future” simulations

  • Stretch your imagination and improve your simulation skills

7. Yale

The Science of Wellbeing

In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

What You'll Learn

  • Gratitude
  • Happiness
  • Meditation
  • Savoring

This work totals 135 hours over the course of 15 weeks

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The University of Chicago

Duke University

Emory University

HSE University

Institute for the Future

Yale