Barcelona, Spain

How the Brain Works

online course
when 22 June 2020 - 10 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 840

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this course will be taught virtually in 2020.

Neuroscience is an incredibly rich discipline that covers a variety of topics related to health, society, and education. One of its branches focuses on the study of the biological substrates of behavior and the underlying mental processes. To understand behavior, and the mind, it is necessary to know how the components of the nervous system are organized and how their interactions result in normal function.
“How the Brain Works” is composed of theory classes, hands-on practical classes and a visit to Barcelona’s Science Museum – CosmoCaixa. Theory classes will be taught by world-class neuroscientists who will address the most important concepts about Neuroscience. On the hands-on practical classes you will perform a scientific experiment by staining neurons with fluorescent molecules to visualize them later in the microscope!
Also, your teachers will guide you through the Neuroscience section in the free visit to Barcelona’s Science Museum, and they will also be available throughout the course to mentor those students interested in receiving advices about their careers in Neuroscience or in any other field. In brief, we want to create a community of bright students that interact with each other and experience scientific teamwork by working on a final project.

Course leader

Elena Martín and Raúl Andero
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona/ Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Target group

The UAB Barcelona Summer School is open to standing local and international undergraduates and graduates students. International students who have been accomplished the first year of their undergraduate or at least the 50% of their first year credits at their home university could also be enroled at the programme. A working knowledge of the language instruction is highly recommended.

Course aim

The present 3rd edition of this course will provide students with the necessary knowledge to understand how the brain works in health and disease. Moreover, different drugs and their effects upon brain function will be reviewed. Neurophyisiological and neurochemical approaches will be used to understand the relationships between different behavioral processes and their biological substrates. At the end of this course students will gain valuable knowledge in Neuroscience helpful for their daily lives.

Credits info

6 EC
All subjects are accredited with 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) that your university might transfer to you own degree programme (depending on your home university’s regulations), especially if it has a mobility programme in place with the UAB.

Fee info

EUR 840: Full course's registration fee