Brain: A User’s Guide

Mark Zrull
Day/Time Taught: 
119 MW 2:00 – 3:15 pm; 128 TR 8:00 – 9:15 am
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The Brain: A User’s Guide is a course about how the brain works to produce behavior and mind. So, it is a neuroscience and behavior course for any student. In this UCO 1200 section we will: explore some basics of how the brain works and how this informs us about the nature of behavior and mind; talk about specific things the brain does like producing sensory experience and perception, emotion, learning and memory, creative and critical thinking, and a sense of self; and, learn how scientists study the brain, and present and justify ideas and theories. We’ll use a small selection of “readings” and texts that explore brain and mind. Students will be expected to generate a good question from the reading for most class periods, engage in discussion and some in-class work, write three or so short papers, and probably take a couple of exams. We will engage in a hands-on activity or two and make use of local visual and/or performing arts to enhance our discussions. There will be a course project designed to explore some aspect of how the brain works to produce behavior and/or mind.


Note: Enrollment is restricted to members of the Brain Matters residential learning community.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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