The human brain is a phenomenal structure the attributes of which are often taken for granted until disease, disorder or disability impact upon us as individuals. Understanding the mechanistic workings of the human brain is hugely challenging, but more daunting still is the task of truly understanding the emergence of mind from the biological underpinnings.
Each and every person is defined by the properties of their own brain. It is more than the tool through which we perceive and learn it is the very thing that perceives and learns: We are our brains. When our brains are diseased, damaged or disordered we are no longer the same person. The implications of this affect every person and it should inform the way all of us view society and its problems. The intention of the course is for the participants to be challenged to think about how their brain defines who they are and what this means for society.
Disorders of brain function place a huge burden on society. In the 21st century this will become increasingly apparent as the benefit of greater longevity is eroded by mental deterioration with age and with age-related neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke and dementia.
By bringing practicalinto the classroom, students can learn about the complexities of the brain and all the issues around this. Below, you can see some of the key staff members that have contributes towards this site and the resources on it.