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Brain Structure and Its Origins (2009)

By Prof. Gerald Schneider

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Outline of mammalian functional neuroanatomy, aided by studies of comparative neuroanatomy and evolution, and of brain development. Topics include early steps to a central nervous system, basic patterns of brain and spinal cord connections, regional development and differentiation, regeneration, motor and sensory pathways and structures, systems underlying motivations, innate action patterns, formation of habits, and various cognitive functions. Lab techniques reviewed. Optional brain dissections.

Customer Reviews

Not an evolutionary biologist

This class may be an interesting one for comparative neurobiology, but there is simply too much adaptationist story telling. To the trained ear, Gerald Schneider is clearly not an evolutionary biologist. There are a lot of good data in here to mine and synthesize in a better way, but there is no phylogenetic context and nothing here fundamentally unifies the information in a cogent and synthetic framework. The class has so much potential, but the lack of Schneider's evolutionary training -- despite the course title -- leaves a lot to be desired.

One of the Best; Albeit incomplete

Professor Schneider gives an interesting lecture full of information from current studies as well as his own research. The class is not for everybody though. Unless you have some background in Anatomy it can be frustrating to listen to the lecture since there is no video and the textbook is not published anywhere. There are lecture notes and some slides but they only go as far as lecture 15. So, If you have listened to 15 lectures without supplimental materials you should probably be at MIT anyway.

Completely useless

This is completely useless without video because the course material is very visual eg structures of various parts of the brain