How Brains Produce Behaviour
18th Dec –
DIVERSE AND ONLINE COURSES TO CHOOSE FROM
SMALL, LIVE CLASSES WITH RENOWNED ASHOKA FACULTY
A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION FROM ASHOKAX
LIFE-LONG ACCESS TO A HIGH-GRADE PEER NETWORK
About The Course
This course will introduce you to behaviour and how it emerges from the brain. This is something everyone needs to know in order to understand themselves, the people and animals around them, and all the ways in which our interactions produce learning. Every conversation, every memory, even your reading of this course outline, structurally and functionally changes your brain – and if you are reading this, you are most likely interested in learning – which is the perceptual state corresponding to such physical changes in the brain in response to stimuli. Everything we think, feel and do is generated by the brain, and yet neuroscience, the study of how the brain and nervous system produce thought, feels overly technical and difficult and off-limits to most people. This course will make the exploration of human and animal behaviour and the ways in which these emerge from brain states accessible, jargon-free, and enjoyable.
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Ph.D. Harvard University
Dr. Bittu Kaveri Rajaraman is an Associate Professor of Biology and Psychology at Ashoka University, and is the current Head of the Psychology Department.
A DST-Dr. D. S. Kothari postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Professor Bittu studied the evolution of neural and behavioural systems of communication among Orthopteran insects in response to ecological constraints. He continued this work as an INSPIRE-faculty fellow at the Central University of Hyderabad, and has also started looking at the neuroethology of temporal pattern recognition in insects, and quantitative and economic cognition more broadly in zebrafish, dogs and humans. Professor Bittu received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in neuroscience, studying intrinsic photosensitivity in salamander retinae.
Learning Support for the Course
Hansika Chhabra – Teaching Assistant
Hansika Chhabra graduated with a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Delhi in 2017. She is trained in Biology and was a research trainee in Neuroscience at IISc until 2019. Taking a break from academia, she acted as ‘coordinator’ for TheLifeofScience.com, a feminist science media collective. Her interests lie in science communication and mental health.