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Connect brain structures and complex neural mechanisms to human behaviors that interact to produce human feelings, consciousness, and actions.

About this Workshop

Campus: Wellesley College | Rising Grades: 10,11,12

Neuroscience is a new and exciting field where researchers are making discoveries about the complex, fascinating human brain every day. In this course, we’ll break down the basic physical structures and functions of the brain and discover how these features interact to inform how we think, feel, learn and behave. Examine the neuroanatomy of the mammalian brain through the dissection of a sheep brain, and use specialized equipment to discover how electrochemical nerve signals control brain activity, body reflexes, and movement. Through hands-on experiments, exposure to current research, and discussions about the ethics of future technology, discover more about why people behave the way they do, and get to know your own brain a little better in the process.


Animal Research
Design and test behavioral responses to stress in the model organism C. elegans (nematode worm), and learn about the underlying neural mechanisms.

Brain Dissection
Examine the essential structures of the brain and eye up close, and explore the related neural pathways.

Brain Imaging
Use imaging technology and learn to interpret data, including EEG, MRI and PET scans.

Careers in Neuroscience
Meet with experts and learn about college and career opportunities in neuroscience research.