The Brain in Mind

The Brain in Mind is a science class that attempts to build a coherent model of the mind. It begins back in ancient Greece with philosophical texts from Aristotle and Socrates and ends with the study of current hybrid sciences, which use arguments from evolutionary psychology to explain the human mind.

Readings: 
De Anima – Aristotle
The Republic – Plato
Discourse on the Method for Conducting One’s Reason Well and for Seeking the Truth in the Sciences – Rene Descartes
Enquiries Concerning The Human Understanding and Concerning The Principles of Morals – David Hume
On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin
Zoological Philosophy. An Exposition with Regard to the Natural History of Animals - J.B. Lamarck
The Brain in Mind Course Study Guide
Various relevant NY Times articles
Significant Assignments: 

-Responses/Criticisms to philosophical prompts.
-Completing your own personal Brain Codex with all major areas and functions of the brain
-Distinguishing between Causation and Non-causation
-Detailed description of an action potential

Significant Activities or Projects: 

-Creating your personal Brain Codex
-Conducting your own psychology experiment (PBAT project)

Research: 

Students are required to thoroughly research their psychology topic of choice before conducting experiments. The research must have been from reputable sources and in sufficient quantity (4 pages) before their project could continue.

Sample PBATs: 
A 10 page (minimum) research paper, detailing a student-conducted psychology experiment. Topics typically range from the origin of fear to the science of love. The paper includes all necessary components of a modern science research paper (abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, literature citations). This paper includes information gained throughout the year and the experiment is conducted in light of the various methods studied in class. The culmination of this project is a videotaped 20 minute presentation of the project to the class.