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Courses » Demystifying The Brain

Demystifying The Brain

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

The course presents the contemporary computational perspective of the brain function using few or no equations. Therefore, it is accessible to people coming from both biological sciences and engineering sciences. To the biologist or a medical expert it presents brain function from a computational point of view in simple terms without equations. To the engineer (or someone from the ‘hard’ sciences) it presents neuroscience in an engineering-style without using too much biology jargon.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Any level if the students are interested in an introduction to neuroscience.

CORE/ELECTIVE:
Elective

UG/PG:
UG or PG

PREREQUISITES:
Only college level general science background in required

INDUSTRY SUPPORT:
None

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

The instructor is a professor at the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras. His research interests are in computational neuroscience.

COURSE LAYOUT:

Week 1:History of neuroscience,Brain through evolution
Week 2:Neurons and neural signaling Networks that learn
Week 3:Organization of the nervous system Maps in the brain
Week 4:Memories and holograms,Emotions in the brain,Theories of Consciousness


SUGGESTED READING:
  • Demystifying the brain, ebook on NPTEL.
  • Valentino Braitenberg, Vehicles.
  • VS Ramachandran, Phantoms in the Brain.Joseph LeDoux, Emotional Brain.
CERTIFCATION EXAM :
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; 
  • Exam for this course will be available in one session on both 28 and 29 April.
  • Registration url: http://nptelonlinecourses.iitm.ac.in/
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

CERTIFCATION:

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 3 out of 4 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IITM. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.