Neurobiology of Critical Thinking: What Is Perception?

GEN ST 162

In this course we’ll explore how general principles of neurobiology and sensory processing can be applied to understand specific aspects of human brain function and cognition. You’ll also investigate how animal models of sensory processing and learning reveal structural and functional systems that can explain certain aspects of human perception, artistic activity and aesthetic appreciation. Visual art and music will be used as examples of complex human cognitive processes.

Course Curriculum and Features

You’ll get an introduction to neuroscience research and build college-level study skills. We’ll use a variety of active learning formats ranging from formal presentations and seminar discussions to field trips to local exhibits and research facilities. You’ll experience hands-on demonstrations, work with real data sets and conduct an active, in-depth exploration of an assigned or self-selected topic.

Designed For

Those with an interest in the brain and neurobiology, as well as students who want an orientation to scholarly research resources at the UW.


Ellen Covey
Professor, Department of Psychology

Dates & Times

Aug 22–Sep 15, 2017

UW Seattle
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.