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Good Brain, Bad Brain

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in finding out the fundamentals of how the human brain works. It assumes that you will have basic school-level biological knowledge. You might be doing your A-levels and considering a neuroscience-related degree; a computer-scientist interested in neural networks; or in business and wondering how the workings of your employees’ brains influences the culture of your business. You can use the hashtag #FLbrain to talk about this course on social media.

Topics Covered
  • The cells of the nervous system: neurones and glia
  • Basic neuroanatomy of the brain and the concept of the relationship between structure and function
  • Basic properties of neurones, including an introduction to the action potential
  • A brief introduction to the functioning of the synapse
  • Examples of drugs (legal and therapeutic) that alter the function of neurones and synapses
  • Examples of brain disorders that illustrate how some functions are highly localised, such as the sensory systems, whilst others are distributed throughout the brain, such as emotion

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Length 3 weeks
Effort 3 hours per week
Starts Nov 13 (139 weeks ago)
Cost $69
From University of Birmingham via FutureLearn
Instructor Alison Cooper
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Language English
Subjects Programming
Tags C Health & Psychology

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Rating 4.0 based on 12 ratings
Length 3 weeks
Effort 3 hours per week
Starts Nov 13 (139 weeks ago)
Cost $69
From University of Birmingham via FutureLearn
Instructor Alison Cooper
Download Videos Only via web browser
Language English
Subjects Programming
Tags C Health & Psychology

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