Demystifying The Brain

By Prof. Srinivas Chakravarthy   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1852
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.
PREREQUISITES : Only college level general science background in required
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Feb 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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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

Books and references

  • Demystifying the brain, ebook on NPTEL.
  • Valentino Braitenberg, Vehicles.
  • VS Ramachandran, Phantoms in the Brain.Joseph LeDoux, Emotional Brain.

Instructor bio

Prof. Srinivas Chakravarthy

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

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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