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S18B9 The Secret Life of Your Brain

If you want to learn about what actually goes on in your brain, this course will help you understand how your brain works at both the systems and the molecular levels. We will cover anatomy of the brain, the neuron and how it works, the fact that neuroglia are not just packing peanuts, the neurobiology of sex and gender, the role of sex hormones in the brain, the aging brain, exercise and your brain, and the neurobiology of love. We will discuss common brain diseases and abnormal conditions (e.g., Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, addiction, and depression), how various drugs work in the brain, and how your brain creates a "percept" from your five senses. We will watch videos, color pictures, and do interesting experiments to learn how your unique brain makes you who you are.

Instructor: Anne Henriksen is Faculty Emerita at JMU, where she was a professor in the Integrated Science and Technology Department for 19 years. Dr. Henriksen came to JMU from The Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she was a staff scientist for ten years. She received a Ph.D. in chemical physics from UVA and an MBA in management science from the University of New Mexico. She has spent the last six years studying neuroscience, neuropharmacology, genomics, and bioinformatics. Her personal interest is understanding the important role of sex steroid hormones in the brain.

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Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at LLI@jmu.edu or 540/568.2923.

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