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Neuroscience: Music and the Brain

NSCI 295 OL1 (CRN: 61409)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: PSYS 295 OL1

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Dates: July 1 - August 9, 2019; Cross listed with PSYS 295 OL1

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Section Description

This course will explore the question of why music affects us, how the auditory system and the brain mediate this influence of music, as well as the relationship between language and music. This course will be as self-contained as possible. We will introduce the musical, physical, psychological, and neuroscience concepts as we go along. Coverage of topics will involve a combination of guided readings and listening to podcasts and concrete musical examples. Through critical reading and online discussions, you will learn to understand and interpret the results of scientific literature in the field of music neuroscience. Learning Objectives are: 1. Describe biological mechanisms and stages of music perception. 2. Describe how music shapes the brain. 
 3. Evaluate evidence for and against the co-evolution of music and language. 4. Critically evaluate scientific literature in music neuroscience.

Section Expectation

This is an online course. It is structured into weekly modules, except for the first introductory week, which has daily modules. Most modules come with an open-book online quiz to help you learn the material. There are also regular mandatory class discussions and writing assignments (some are individual, and others are interactive). We will be working on a term paper throughout the course. The course is set up for about 16 hours of work per week in order to satisfy the University policy regarding work required for a three credit course. You are required to purchase "Music and the brain" podcasts by Aniruddh Patel from The Great Courses, course #1181 (ISBN-13: 978-1629972114).


Individual work is worth about 20% of the final grade, interactive assignments are worth about 30% of the final grade, and the term paper writing is worth about 45% of the final grade, with the final draft worth 20%.




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