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The Neural Mechanisms of Consciousness and Volition

NEU 477

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Among the deepest mysteries in neuroscience are the questions of how brain activity results in conscious awareness and to what extent our actions are truly free. Students may be surprised to learn how much modern neuroscience has to say on these topics. We will rigorously define these phenomena and discuss results from neuroscience. We will describe recent theories about the function of major brain divisions like the neocortex, thalamus, and basal ganglia as well as relevant circuits in the hypothalamus and tegmentum. We will synthesize knowledge of these brain circuits to explore new theories of conscious awareness and volition.
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Section L01

  • Type: Lecture
  • Section: L01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 12
  • Capacity: 25
  • Class Number: 22695
  • Schedule: WF 09:00 AM-10:20 AM