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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 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

Sep 8, 2020

I like the details that this course provides about the functionality of the brain. Dr Groh definitely took her time to prepare this course, and she likes to go in depth detail about everything.

Aug 15, 2020

One of the best Neuroscience courses took in my life. The professor is very good at teaching and amazing personality and her research team is very great. Hope one day she would win Nobel Prize

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By Pratyasha M

Feb 28, 2021

Thank you very much Dr. Jennifer for bringing out this amazing course. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt a lot.

By Asif H

May 14, 2020

Definitely it was not a course for beginners, Felt quite hard and also interesting. Learned a lot of new things from it.

By Rufia A

Apr 3, 2017

This was a well-delivered course. I learnt a lot about how the brain functions and how is that applicable in the space.

By Chesley L

Mar 26, 2020

This course is really enjoyable, I enjoy all the related studies and papers and the quizzes are extremely helpful!


Nov 28, 2017

The professor explains things very well. The course is awesome with interesting and well organized content.

By Paul R

Aug 19, 2016

Increible curso. Lo recomiendo para todos aquellos que quieran conocer mas sobre el cerebro y el cuerpo.


May 14, 2020

This course is very informative and helped me to learn many things about the brain and how it works.

By Baqqali O

Jun 19, 2020

I learned so many helpful things in this course, although I am not an English native but I made it!

By Alexandre S T

Sep 3, 2016

Amazing, congratulation, the curse is fantastic !!!

Best regards,

Alexandre Scherre Tomé / Brazil

By Dorothy H

Aug 15, 2016

This is a superb course appropriate for any level of experience or knowledge with the subject.

By Tehilla O S

Oct 9, 2016

Very intersting. Very enjoyable to learn. Great teacher and teaching methods. Fair quizzes.

By Arun K

Nov 24, 2016

Excellent course to understand the basics of vision and how and why we can see. Thank you.

By Peter G

Jun 20, 2016

A great intro to neuroscience. Creative videos that are both informative and fun to watch.

By Mengli

May 30, 2016

I like this class. It provide a lot of detail info. And the teacher is nice and patience.


Jul 23, 2020

Very interesting. The final quizzes in each series of videos help to clarify everything.

By Безрукова В

Oct 24, 2019

This course really helps to open your mind and understand the process inside your brain!

By Samantha B G

Apr 28, 2020

I really enjoyed this course and loved how practical it was to understand.

Thanks a lot.

By Keith M

Jul 1, 2016

Amazing learning experience! Put simply yet comprehensively. A must-do course!

By MinCheol L

Jan 27, 2018

Easy, but interesting enough for additional study on the topic of the course.

By Francis R M M J

Feb 14, 2021

The course is very informative. I gained a lot of learning from this course.

By Poonam S

Sep 2, 2020

Very scientific and great experiments to make us understand the concepts

By 张博文

Sep 12, 2017

You can learn a variety of things in this course. Highly recommend it!

By fzark100

Nov 6, 2016

As an student in EEE, I think this course really inspire me in various

By Tianyu Z

Jan 17, 2021

Thanks a lot, Dr. Jennifer M. Groh. I learned a lot in this course!!

By Carlos M G

Oct 1, 2019

Excellent. Many thanks to the talented teacher Dr. Jennifer M. Groh.