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About the Course

This course is about how the brain creates our sense of spatial location from a variety of sensory and motor sources, and how this spatial sense in turn shapes our cognitive abilities. Knowing where things are is effortless. But “under the hood,” your brain must figure out even the simplest of details about the world around you and your position in it. Recognizing your mother, finding your phone, going to the grocery store, playing the banjo – these require careful sleuthing and coordination across different sensory and motor domains. This course traces the brain’s detective work to create this sense of space and argues that the brain’s spatial focus permeates our cognitive abilities, affecting the way we think and remember. The material in this course is based on a book I've written for a general audience. The book is called "Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are", and is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or directly from Harvard University Press. The course material overlaps with classes on perception or systems neuroscience, and can be taken either before or after such classes. Dr. Jennifer M. Groh, Ph.D. Professor Psychology & Neuroscience; Neurobiology Duke University www.duke.edu/~jmgroh Jennifer M. Groh is interested in how the brain process spatial information in different sensory systems, and how the brain's spatial codes influence other aspects of cognition. She is the author of a recent book entitled "Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are" (Harvard University Press, fall 2014). Much of her research concerns differences in how the visual and auditory systems encode location, and how vision influences hearing. Her laboratory has demonstrated that neurons in auditory brain regions are sometimes responsive not just to what we hear but also to what direction we are looking and what visual stimuli we can see. These surprising findings challenge the prevailing assumption that the brain’s sensory pathways remain separate and distinct from each other at early stages, and suggest a mechanism for such multi-sensory interactions as lip-reading and ventriloquism (the capture of perceived sound location by a plausible nearby visual stimulus). Dr. Groh has been a professor at Duke University since 2006. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Princeton University in 1988 before studying neuroscience at the University of Michigan (Master’s, 1990), the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., 1993), and Stanford University (postdoctoral, 1994-1997). Dr. Groh has been teaching undergraduate classes on the neural basis of perception and memory for over fifteen years. She is presently a faculty member at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences at Duke University. She also holds appointments in the Departments of Neurobiology and Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke. Dr. Groh’s research has been supported by a variety of sources including the John S. Guggenheim Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience, the John Merck Scholars Program, the EJLB Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Whitehall Foundation, and the National Organization for Hearing Research....

Top reviews

KS

Aug 12, 2016

Taught for beginners in a simple and concise way! I especially liked the real life examples given to help students understand the concepts being explained - made it a lot more engaging!

RC

Mar 31, 2019

Enlightening, stimulating, perfect blend of top notch content and understandable videos. Thanks Prof. Groh!!! One of my best courses ever (on/off line)

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By Marisol P L

May 11, 2019

Me gusto mucho el curso

By Siju v

Sep 11, 2016

good for beginners

By Tatiana P W

Aug 08, 2017

Great course :)

By SS

Apr 29, 2020

Great lecture

By KAUSHIKKUMAR K R

Mar 30, 2020

GOOD COURSE.

By Ahmad A

Nov 23, 2019

Profissional

By Divya D

Nov 21, 2018

Amazing!!!!!

By Evren G

May 03, 2018

Inspiring!

By Drpiyush k

May 29, 2020

Excellent

By Paola F

May 17, 2018

great !

By ERIC

Aug 04, 2017

perfect

By YUAN Y

Mar 27, 2019

great~

By Mona A A

Jul 21, 2020

good

By Braulio F d C

Apr 02, 2017

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By Lauren W

Dec 05, 2016

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By Tata V S R

May 15, 2020

It is an informative course for every adult. It adds up to clarity in one's ability in regards to basic perception.

Auditory issues discussed appear to be limited to proximities from the top and horizontal, but in reality, in my personnel experience, the sound terminating from the bottom creates a doubt in the mind.

The wind factor is another issue which creates confusion with regards to location and its ability to influence or alter the sound wave.

For the rest, it is a real and highly valuable experience gained and all credit goes to Professor Jennifer M.Groh.

By Carolina P

Jul 06, 2016

This is an excellent course for those who want to get a better understanding about the brain and how it processes everyday stimulus. The professor is without doubt very knowledgable and explains everything in a very professional and yet simple way.

By Thomas M

Feb 01, 2020

It was a fun course. I really learnt a lot, through her lectures, especially the different experiments. Really appreciate Coursera for providing with financial aid for me to take the class :)

By Hanno H

Jan 09, 2017

Very nice and clearly presented. The only reason for not giving 5 stars is that I would have liked more details and more lectures.

By Nell P

Feb 03, 2020

Great examples and insightful content. The quizzes were not so easy to pass, so be ready for real learning!

By Gerald B

Feb 25, 2018

awesome course, my only negative comment is that is was too brief.

Great, clear, interesting professor!

By Rajat J K

Nov 12, 2017

Wonderful use of examples with regard to experiments, images and videos.

By Dan M

Jan 17, 2020

Easy to get into and deep in detail and learning

By MUKKALA S J

Jul 11, 2020

GOOD COURSE

By Carlos A G T

Apr 20, 2017

Interesting