STS.066 Brains and Culture: Love, Lies & Neurotransmitters

Fall 2002

PET brain scan images.
PET brain scan images. (Images courtesy Brian Murphy.)

Course Highlights

This course includes three major paper assignments, which are located in the assignments section.

Course Description

Subject examines the brain as a cultural object in contemporary media, science, and society. Explores cultural assumptions about neuroscience by drawing on anthropology, history, semiotics, and the cognitive sciences. Topics include historical views of the brain; digital images of the brain; psychopharmacology; mental illness; neurotransmitters; and the culture of brain science. Class assignments include three brief analytical papers and one oral presentation.

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Prof. Joseph Dumit

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session