Vision and Audition OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Bachelor Level Biological Science Class on Visual and Auditory Processing

Published Feb 06, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is offering 'Neural Basis of Vision and Audition' through OpenCourseWare. This class is part of a Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. It is free to anyone interested in studying how the eyes and ears of mammals process and transmit information via neurons and the central nervous system.

Neural Basis of Vision and Audition: Course Specifics

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Neural Basis of Vision and Audition: Course Description

Anyone with an interest in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science or the Biological Sciences can take this free undergraduate self-study course and discover how the neurons and nervous system of mammals (including humans) process visual and auditory stimulation. 'Neural Basis of Vision and Audition' examines how that process directs a mammal's physical and mental functions. In the first half of the class, students study the parts of an eye, the extended visual system and what work each part performs. In the second half, the focus is on the ear. The course discusses how the ear processes external stimulation and coordinates with the eye to enhance depth perception, balance and other necessary functions. MIT Professors M. Christian Brown and Peter Schiller taught this Cognitive Science class, and they archived a previously saved version on the MIT OpenCourseWare website.

To enhance the learning experience, this biological science course offers detailed lecture notes, an extensive reading list and two writing assignments. To take this Neuroscience course, please visit this vision and auditory processing course page.

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