Your Amazing Brain: The Essentials
What you'll learn
- Describe the major components of the brain and their function
- Explain how brain components work together to create thought, feeling, and action
- Apply what you learn about brain functioning to yourself and others
- Decide if new brain enhancement methods offer benefits or threats
- While there is a vocabulary specific to discussing the brain, it is not necessary to know it in advance, or to memorize it in order to understand course content
In eight richly illustrated presentations, you will move from coarse anatomy into neural networks and all the way down to the genes within your neurons. You will be astounded at how all the parts and processes work together to create mind.
Building a complete picture of the brain, we look at the essential elements of brain function, moving from the comparatively large to the very small. Surprises lurk around every corner. Each presentation begins with a “leading thought” for you to ponder while viewing the video. Afterwards, you can explore additional resources, test and extend your understanding with application questions.
You will learn about:
Anatomy: the major players in brain functioning
Blood supply: its intimate interplay with brain cells
Neural networks and clusters: the mind comes to life
Neurons and glia: the brain's worker bees
Brainwaves: Masses of neurons working together
Neurotransmitters: Magic molecules that make neuronal communication possible
Genetics: An active third level of organization
Manipulating the brain: New frontiers of chemical, electrical, magnetic, and optical interventions … plus bio- and neurofeedback to improve brain functioning
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in the details of the human brain without the minute details of textbooks
- Anyone wishing to understand their most important asset
Kevin Wilcoxon is a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. He works remotely as an instructional designer for two universities, and previously at two others. Before that, he was a training and organizational development manager and trainer with several organizations. He holds masters degrees in Clinical Psychology and Learning & Technology. All told, he has been in the field about twenty-five years. He has served in many capacities in organizations like ASTD (now ATD), ISPI, the Sloan Consortium, and the eLearning Guild.