The Biology of Human Consciousness

GEN ST 162

For many years, it was assumed that human consciousness could not be fully explained by biological mechanisms. That view has begun to change and recent experiments by neurobiologists have begun to elucidate the mechanisms behind very high-level functions of the brain. For example, we now understand the exact part of the brain that allows us to recognize individual human faces, and a simple magnetic stimulation device placed on the scalp can be used to temporarily disable that ability.

Course Curriculum and Features

You’ll get an overview of the basic physiology and anatomy of the human nervous system, then explore a series of topics where direct experiments have given us a view of the biological mechanisms that explain high-level brain functions — language, memory, object recognition, the attachment of emotion to people we know and the sensation of time.

Designed For

Those with an interest in psychology, neurology, general science or the brain.


William J. Moody
Professor, Department of Biology

Dates & Times

Aug 21–Sep 14, 2018

UW Seattle
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.