This course deals with the understanding of the brain by learning to analyze neural data yourself! Working with real neural data sets from neuroscience research labs, this course will help students learn data analysis techniques so that they can discover how the brain works.
About the course
Exploring Neural Data is an opportunity to learn about neuroscience research and explore questions related to how brains work. It is an introductory level course designed to helps students understand the real-life challenges faced by neuroscientists as they work with the large amount of data they collect from the brain.
Throughout the course, students will gain knowledge in three main areas: basic principles of neuroscience and questions driving research in this field; programming with the open-source language Python; and essential techniques for data analysis.
Module 1: What does the brain tell us? Exploring neural responses
Module 2: Why are humans unique? Exploring motor control
Module 3: How do we make sense of our senses? Exploring visual objects
Module 4: What happens when we sleep? Exploring brain states
Module 5: Delving deeper: Final projects
There are no prerequisites for this class. Knowledge of basic programming (arrays, loops, etc.) may help you get started quickly, but there is no expectation that you have prior experience with programming.
September 2014 - November 10, 2014
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