Science for You: The Spatial Brain

Every Thursday • 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m. • Shapiro ABCD
Science for You

June 8, 15, 22, 29 • July 6, 13, 20, 27 • August 3, 10

Knowing where things are around us and where we are in the world seems effortless. But to figure out even the simplest of details, the brain must process spatial information from all the senses. We’ll learn how eyes detect electromagnetic radiation, how the brain can locate sounds by measuring differences of less than one one-thousandth of a second in how long they take to reach each ear, and how the ears’ balance organs help to monitor body posture and movement. Mixing video lectures from the Coursera course “The Brain and Space” with class discussion, we’ll learn how the brain synthesizes all this neural information so that we can navigate three-dimensional space effortlessly.

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Instructors/Coordinators: Susan Hanna and Rick Hearn