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WSP 87 — A User's Guide to the Brain

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Sat/Sun
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Aug 12—Aug 13
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Aug 5
Unit: 1
Tuition: $245
Instructor(s): Simon Tan
Status: Open
On-campus course
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Aug 12—Aug 13
2 days
Drop By
Aug 5
1 Unit
Simon Tan
Serving as our body’s “chairperson of the board,” the brain is responsible for coordinating and executing a vast range of functions, from our ability to perceive and attend, to our processing of emotion and thought. This course will serve as a broad introduction to the human central nervous system.

We will address these topics and others: How is the human brain functionally organized, and where does the brain store memory? Where in the brain might emotions such as happiness or sadness reside? How does the brain change over time? Can the field of neuroscience make sense of attention deficit disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and depression? The goal of this course is to equip students with an ability to understand and think critically about the mind and brain.

This course does not require previous coursework in biology and is designed to challenge and pique the interest of anyone curious about the field.

Due to its short format, this workshop may not be taken for a Letter Grade. However, Credit/No Credit is available.

Simon Tan, Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences (Affiliated), Stanford

Simon Tan’s teaching and research interests are in behavioral neurology, specifically dementia-associated disorders. He completed an internship in clinical psychology and two postdoctoral fellowships in clinical neuropsychology at Harvard Medical School. Earlier, he was a clinical neuropsychologist at NYU Medical Center. Tan is board certified in both clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology and psychological assessment through the American Board of Assessment Psychology. He received a PhD in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.