Comparison of the cerebellar cortex (left) and the neocortex (right). Note that the fiber tracks are white and the cell layers are tan. The white is due to the myelination of the fiber bundles. (Image courtesy of Schneider Laboratory, MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.)
The course covers human neuroanatomy which consists of a human brain demonstration dissection. Also there will be a dissection lab of a sheep brain designed to ground the undergraduate students in the basics of the three dimensionality of the brain. In the related resources
section, there is an extensive list of links to neuroanatomy links to help the student explore this subject further.
This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.
This subject will be an intensive introduction to neuroanatomy, involving lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on laboratories, including a brain dissection. The course will not assume any prior knowledge of neuroanatomy, though some general knowledge of brain structures will be helpful.