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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Medical Neuroscience by Duke University

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About the Course

Medical Neuroscience explores the functional organization and neurophysiology of the human central nervous system, while providing a neurobiological framework for understanding human behavior. In this course, you will discover the organization of the neural systems in the brain and spinal cord that mediate sensation, motivate bodily action, and integrate sensorimotor signals with memory, emotion and related faculties of cognition. The overall goal of this course is to provide the foundation for understanding the impairments of sensation, action and cognition that accompany injury, disease or dysfunction in the central nervous system. The course will build upon knowledge acquired through prior studies of cell and molecular biology, general physiology and human anatomy, as we focus primarily on the central nervous system. This online course is designed to include all of the core concepts in neurophysiology and clinical neuroanatomy that would be presented in most first-year neuroscience courses in schools of medicine. However, there are some topics (e.g., biological psychiatry) and several learning experiences (e.g., hands-on brain dissection) that we provide in the corresponding course offered in the Duke University School of Medicine on campus that we are not attempting to reproduce in Medical Neuroscience online. Nevertheless, our aim is to faithfully present in scope and rigor a medical school caliber course experience. This course comprises six units of content organized into 12 weeks, with an additional week for a comprehensive final exam: - Unit 1 Neuroanatomy (weeks 1-2). This unit covers the surface anatomy of the human brain, its internal structure, and the overall organization of sensory and motor systems in the brainstem and spinal cord. - Unit 2 Neural signaling (weeks 3-4). This unit addresses the fundamental mechanisms of neuronal excitability, signal generation and propagation, synaptic transmission, post synaptic mechanisms of signal integration, and neural plasticity. - Unit 3 Sensory systems (weeks 5-7). Here, you will learn the overall organization and function of the sensory systems that contribute to our sense of self relative to the world around us: somatic sensory systems, proprioception, vision, audition, and balance senses. - Unit 4 Motor systems (weeks 8-9). In this unit, we will examine the organization and function of the brain and spinal mechanisms that govern bodily movement. - Unit 5 Brain Development (week 10). Next, we turn our attention to the neurobiological mechanisms for building the nervous system in embryonic development and in early postnatal life; we will also consider how the brain changes across the lifespan. - Unit 6 Cognition (weeks 11-12). The course concludes with a survey of the association systems of the cerebral hemispheres, with an emphasis on cortical networks that integrate perception, memory and emotion in organizing behavior and planning for the future; we will also consider brain systems for maintaining homeostasis and regulating brain state....

Top reviews

Jan 14, 2021

This course was a great opportunity for me to understand the world of neurology and helped me to clear all the ambiguities regarding the complex mechanisms that are happening in our beautiful brains.

Nov 21, 2018

I leant so much without even realising it until I got to the final exams and all this knowledge was making sense. Amazing lecturer with so much wisdom in the area. The course is very well delivered.

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By Jean-Luc G

Jul 6, 2017

Exceptionally excellent quality,

By Laura C

Oct 7, 2016

The best course of neuroscience.

By Victoria M

Sep 22, 2020

Great course! Amazing professor

By lakhinder

Oct 19, 2019

Incredible learning experience!

By Samuel S

Oct 1, 2016

Challenging course worth 5stars

By Daniela C C V

Mar 24, 2020

Curso maravilhoso! Desafiador!

By Arnab M

Nov 3, 2019

Thorough, in-depth, conceptual

By Рафикова Г А

Aug 30, 2018

It's the best free course ever

By Saleha Q

Jun 9, 2016

Way to enjoy the neuroscience!

By fabiola a p p

Feb 14, 2021

It's very hard but great too.


Oct 14, 2020

Extremement riche et complexe

By Min M

Feb 24, 2019

the best course I've ever had

By Issam B

Jan 24, 2021

In one word : life changing.

By Keziah A B

Jun 4, 2020

Very Interesting. Thank you.

By Ronei D d C

Sep 12, 2018

Excelente, vale muito apena!


Sep 1, 2016

very detailed and thoughtful

By Vonette C

Jul 26, 2020

Great course great lecturer

By Lenka M

Mar 5, 2020

It is soooo helpful for me.

By Wagner S F

Dec 12, 2020

Great learning experience.

By Rafael N G

Sep 3, 2019

Very didatic and complete.

By Michael

May 6, 2017

Challenging and worth it.

By Siju V

Aug 7, 2016

i am loving it. Thank you

By Caio R G D

Oct 31, 2020

Melhor curso possível!!!

By Andrea E

Jul 13, 2017

excellent course so far.

By Alan B

Jul 4, 2020

Hard work! But worth it