The Modern History of the Brain explores the intellectual, cultural, and scientific history of the brain, focusing on the sciences of the brain in Europe and the United States in the past two centuries. We will examine how the brain has been studied and represented, how conceptions of the brain have interacted with ideas about the self and the soul, and how disciplines in the brain and mind sciences have merged and developed. This course will be relevant to students interested in modern American and European history, the history of science, and students interested in psychology and the neurosciences.
No preliminary knowledge or coursework is required.
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