This class is part of NYU’s College Core Curriculum, an integrated general education curriculum in the liberal arts. The goal of this course is to give students a comprehensive overview and understanding of the anatomy, physiology and function of the brain.

How do we see, hear, feel, taste and smell the outside world? How do we recognize and remember parts of it that we have experienced before? And how do our brains effortlessly regulate key bodily functions including hunger, thirst, sleep and sex? These are some of the topics we will cover in this course though lectures, in-class demonstrations, interactive discussions and special guest lecturers. 

A weekly mandatory laboratory session gives students first-hand experience with the methods required for modern neuroscience research

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Student Comments:

“Absolutely fantastic course. Love Wendy- one of my favorite professors thus far.  So engaging and interesting. “

“I loved this class and I usually dread science classes.”

“I have never had as knowledgeable and as wonderful of a lecturer as Professor Suzuki.  She is always incredibly enthusiastic, prepared and able to easily communicate the material in an understandable and compelling manner.  I wish that she taught my psych class also!......Overall the class was one of the best most fulfilling courses that I’ve taken at NYU! Bravo!”

“I greatly appreciated the amount of knowledge disseminated in this course. It provided foundational information on so many neurological topics.  I was delighted to see how by mid-semester I was able to understand scholarly journals, news articles and books.  I also appreciate Prof. Suzuki’s clear enthusiasm.”

“Wendy’s class has been unexpectedly amazing.  I can honestly say that she has been one of my best professors at NYU.  Her love for the topic made me want to attend every lecture.  I learned a lot. The labs were also a lot of fun and supplemented the course very well.”