This is Your Brain on Learning

Kasia Bieszczad (Psychology)

This seminar will highlight the many ways that the brain changes itself. The technical theme is “neuroplasticity.” Students will be exposed to concepts of experience-dependent changes in the brain due to learning and remembering, but also with respect to exercise, disease, addiction, and aging. Furthermore, we will discuss the many levels in which the brain changes under these conditions, even all the way down to genes and the epigenome. While doing so, this seminar will be in line with the Byrne Seminar 2018-19 theme of “Methodologies” by showing how novel neuroscience techniques and analyses were key to discoveries of neuroplasticity in synapses, circuits, systems, and molecules.