Synapses, Neurons and Brains

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with yo...
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Probably the greatest challenge of the “21st century of the brain” is to understand how subcellular and cellular neuronal processes give rise to behavior – movement, perception, emotions, memory and creativity. This course will discuss, step-by-step, how modern molecular, optical, electrical, anatomical and theoretical methods have provided fascinating insights into the operation of the elementary building blocks of brains and, most importantly, how neuronal mechanisms underlie memory and learning processes. We will next discuss why computer simulations are so essential for understanding both neuronal “life ware” and the emergence of networks dynamics (e.g., as in the “Blue Brain Project”). The course will start by highlighting a few recent brain-excitements, including treating the sick brain via electrical stimulation, recent attempts at “reading the brain code” for brain-machine interfaces, new neuro-anatomical techniques (“Brainb... Probably the greatest challenge of the “21st century of the brain” is to understand how subcellular and cellular neuronal processes give rise to behavior – movement, perception, emotions, memory and creativity. This course will discuss, step-by-step, how modern molecular, optical, electrical, anatomical and theoretical methods have provided fascinating insights into the operation of the elementary building blocks of brains and, most importantly, how neuronal mechanisms underlie memory and learning processes. We will next discuss why computer simulations are so essential for understanding both neuronal “life ware” and the emergence of networks dynamics (e.g., as in the “Blue Brain Project”). The course will start by highlighting a few recent brain-excitements, including treating the sick brain via electrical stimulation, recent attempts at “reading the brain code” for brain-machine interfaces, new neuro-anatomical techniques (“Brainbow” and connectomics) and physiological methods (optogenetics) that enables us to record/activate the living, behaving brain at single cell resolution. We will end by discussing emerging frontiers in brain research, including the interaction between brain research and the arts. As an added bonus, a lecture on perception, action, cognition and emotions will be taught by an acclaimed neuroscientists, Prof. Israel Nelken..
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 7 reviews
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5 years, 1 month ago
Idan Segev is so inspiring and the course is the best way to get you involved with neuroscience.
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5 years, 11 months ago
Some math/science geeks wear suits and bow ties. The first time Professor Segev came on the screen, he had a t-shirt and wild hair. Don't be fooled by his casual appearance. He is involved with the Human Brain Project, and Field Chief Editor for the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. He shares his expertise generously. I understand basic maths, but forgot most of what I learned about algebra. I never learned calculus. When he spent some time writing equations on the board, and expecting us to follow, I reviewed the videos and subtitles repeatedly, trying to make sense of them. I finally realized that I didn't have to understand the mathematics, just the concept that increasing one element of the equation affects another element. I have no degree in science. In fact, I always thought I was lousy at science. I developed an interest in neuroplasticity from a therapeutic perspective a couple decades ago, and thought this course might fee... Some math/science geeks wear suits and bow ties. The first time Professor Segev came on the screen, he had a t-shirt and wild hair. Don't be fooled by his casual appearance. He is involved with the Human Brain Project, and Field Chief Editor for the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. He shares his expertise generously. I understand basic maths, but forgot most of what I learned about algebra. I never learned calculus. When he spent some time writing equations on the board, and expecting us to follow, I reviewed the videos and subtitles repeatedly, trying to make sense of them. I finally realized that I didn't have to understand the mathematics, just the concept that increasing one element of the equation affects another element. I have no degree in science. In fact, I always thought I was lousy at science. I developed an interest in neuroplasticity from a therapeutic perspective a couple decades ago, and thought this course might feed that interest. I came out with nearly a perfect grade, mostly because the final exam mirrored the quizzes. The quizzes were great study guides. They pointed out to me what I really didn't "get" yet and wanted to study more, and what I really did comprehend. No trick questions. Each one was straight forward. He cited research that was news-breaking during the course. That was exciting. He shared intimate knowledge of neuroscience research being currently conducted and anticipated. At the end of the course, he cited research that he said proves that we might not have free will. I disagreed with his interpretations and conclusions, but he certainly got me thinking. I love the way this professor uses the English language. As a non-native speaker, his use of grammar was unusual for me, and delightful! His accent is a bit heavy, so I depended on the subtitles a few times to help me comprehend what he said. Sure there were technical glitches, but how amazing is it that we are at the frontier of getting access to these stellar resources for free, in the comfort of wherever we want to be, whenever we want?
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  • 7 completed
5 years, 11 months ago
Very informative course with a teacher who is very passionate about his subject. I am not great at mathematics so I found a lot of the equations difficult, but I still found I was able to understand the concepts and gained a lot out of the course.
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6 years ago
This is an amazing introduction to Neuroscience from a very qualified and passionate professor. You will grasp the basics of quite elaborate subjects, like the Hodgkin-Huxley equations (the understanding of which requires a bit of imagination because you must understand first how to model the electrical properties of the neuronal cell with simple electrical circuits !), with extreme comfort and ease. Prof. Segev always tries to frame quite known facts in the framework of recent research (in particular new experimental tecniques) that allow us a refinement of this knowledge. In many cases this refinement is substantial, like for example in the case of memory formation due to synaptic modifications, and neurogenesis. He also tend to honestly point its finger on the delicate problems, on the unknown facts, on the partially understood facts and what can go wrong with overinterpretations. In conclusion this is a very modern, passionate an... This is an amazing introduction to Neuroscience from a very qualified and passionate professor. You will grasp the basics of quite elaborate subjects, like the Hodgkin-Huxley equations (the understanding of which requires a bit of imagination because you must understand first how to model the electrical properties of the neuronal cell with simple electrical circuits !), with extreme comfort and ease. Prof. Segev always tries to frame quite known facts in the framework of recent research (in particular new experimental tecniques) that allow us a refinement of this knowledge. In many cases this refinement is substantial, like for example in the case of memory formation due to synaptic modifications, and neurogenesis. He also tend to honestly point its finger on the delicate problems, on the unknown facts, on the partially understood facts and what can go wrong with overinterpretations. In conclusion this is a very modern, passionate and honest introduction to a very difficult subject where many levels of description, from molecular to behavioural intersect and interact in an inextricable manner, and Prof.Segev really renders the state of the art in this Science.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
The professor was very passionate about his subject and easy to understand. He conveyed his enthusiasm well.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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  • 77 completed
6 years, 5 months ago
It's an interesting introduction to Neuroscience. The professor is really passionate about the subject and that's contagious. You should take this course as a motivation to learn more and not expecting to find an in-depth analysis of any particular aspect of the topic. The assignments are easy and you get 1000 attempts (although they only count 20%), but you only get 3 shots at the exam, without knowing which answers are wrong after each try. So, good evaluation system that doesn't just give away the certificate.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 5 months ago
Prof Segev is so passionate about the brain that it is impossible not to be moved when you listen to his lectures. I knew almost nothing about brain science before this course, and now that I know a tiny bit more, I feel it is one of the most exciting frontiers of knowledge. I would highly recommend this course to anyone.
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6 years, 2 months ago
It's interesting course even for someone like me who have no background in topic. Lectures are interesting, though they need a little polishing (e.g. sometimes region when something was shown was zoomed out.) Assignments are rather simple quizzes, but it's okay since they're only 20%. Exam was rather disappointing. It contained exactly the same questions that quizzes had. Of course quizzes were hidden before exam. Discussion forum, and staff are okay, though I've seen better organized forums in other courses. It's good, interesting course, but nothing special, and it needs more polishing.
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  • 3 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
Excellent beginning neuroscience class. No prerequisites. Teacher makes clear the fundamental concepts without getting lost in the minutia. Striking visuals of neurons. Teacher is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and clear. Gets more challenging as it gets into biophysics.
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