Neural Basis of Movement OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Biological Science Course on Motor Control by MIT

Published Feb 08, 2009

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Are you interested in how the brain controls unconscious and unconscious muscle movement? Does the study of brain function intrigue you? Then this class, 'Neural Basis of Movement,' may be the right one for you. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers this course through OpenCourseWare. This preview of their Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences curriculum is free to anyone willing to embark on a self-study course.

Neural Basis of Movement: Course Specifics

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Neural Basis of Movement: Course Description

'Neural Basis of Movement' is an undergraduate introductory course in the study of muscle movement, including muscle activity and the resulting body movements. Students examine the entire process of muscle activity from the first spark of neuron activity to the final gross muscle movement. How does the brain take a person's intention to move and translate it into action? How does this process work in healthy and unhealthy individuals? How do the biological conduits, like the five senses, the spinal cord or the basal ganglia, channel information? This Neuroscience course was taught in a lecture format by MIT professors Peter H. Schiller, Ann M. Graybiel, Emilio Bizzi, Chris Moore and Mriganka Sur. This course includes a translation in traditional Chinese.

To help with this self-study course about motion, MIT offers a reading list, sample exam questions, study outlines and a long list of links to online references and resources. If you or someone you know is interested in this Brain and Cognitive Sciences class, consider this neurological movement control course page.

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