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Brain Sciences of the Future

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-132

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Faculty

Michael A. Cohen (Section 01)

Description

Can neuroscientists tell if you are lying? Is it possible to take a pill that will make you smarter? Or change your memory of the past? Can we implant technology into our brains to enhance cognition the same way glasses enhance our vision? Will machines ever develop human-like intelligence, thus enabling them to take over the world? These questions may seem more like science fiction than science, but current research in neuroscience suggests that the answers to these questions may not lie very far from our grasp. This course will survey the current state of the neuropsychological research with an eye towards predicting how future technologies might be applied to everyday life. We will consider not only what is possible, but the ethics of scientific exploration, as well.

Fall semester. Professor Cohen.

Offerings

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017