Understanding your brain

This course will give a broad introduction to the fundamentals of neuroscience, covering just what exactly the brain is, what it’s made of, and how its individual components work together to orchestrate the astonishing range of feats we experience every day.

We will begin by learning the grand anatomy of the brain, introducing each component part by part. Next, we will delve into the principles of neuronal communication, learning how information is transmitted in the form of electrical signals. We’ll then go on to explore how sensations from the outside world are experienced as perceptions and how our brain can generate movements in response.

To wrap up, we’ll touch on how we ourselves can influence our brain, both externally—with chemicals—and internally—via intentional thought patterns and an understanding of neuroplasticity.

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   Teacher: Betsy Herbert


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100% of students recommend

  “I thought the course was well-written, had good visuals, and the supplementary readings and videos explored the topic further.”

  “Great course and recommended sites for further info A-1. The best course I have taken to date!!! Thanks.”

  “This was a well-written, well-presented course filled to the brim with details that could be easily surveyed upon first read but then turned back to in order to more fully explore later. I’ll be saving the emails from this course to refer back to and explore more of the details that I may not have grasped as deeply as possible upon first read.

I have taken courses on the brain throughout high school and college, and this course did not seem to miss any of the fundamental concepts presented in those courses. This course also added information I had not been exposed to, including references to new research.

I’m glad to support Highbrow in order to receive courses like these, which are well worth the money! Thank you, Betsy!”


Course plan

Lesson 1. What Does the Brain Look Like?
Lesson 2. What Is the Brain Made Of?
Lesson 3. How Do Neurons “Fire”?
Lesson 4. How Does the Signal Travel?
Lesson 5. How Do We Feel?
Lesson 6. How Do We See?
Lesson 7. How Do We Hear, Smell, and Taste?
Lesson 8. How Do We Move?
Lesson 9. How Do Drugs Influence the Brain?
Lesson 10. How Can We Influence the Brain?
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  • Format
    One lesson delivered via email daily
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day

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