Welcome to the captivating world of Neuroscience, a field that explores the mysteries of the human brain and nervous system. If you’ve ever wondered how thoughts, emotions, and actions are generated within the intricate network of your brain, this course is your gateway to unlocking those secrets.

Neuroscience is at the intersection of biology, psychology, and even philosophy, seeking to decipher the complex workings of the human mind and body. It is a discipline that delves into the very essence of what makes us human, examining the brain’s structure, function, and the countless processes that underlie our perceptions, decisions, and behaviors.

In this course, you’ll learn about the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin the realm of Neuroscience . Whether you are a curious beginner or a student looking to expand your knowledge, this course will provide you with a solid foundation to understand the brain’s structure, its role in cognition and behavior, and the latest discoveries that continue to reshape our understanding of the mind.

This course – based on the book ‘Fundamentals of Neuroscicne’ – comes with the courtesy of Michigan State University and is produced here under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License (CC BY 4.0) for the benefit of healthcare professionals.



Casey Henley, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of Online Programs for the Neuroscience Program
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Disclaimer : The content in this course is educational in nature and intended solely as general health information. It is not a recommendation for treatment or medical advice. It is not a substitute for advice from a health care provider. If you  as a patient are experiencing a medical emergency, contact your health care provider or an emergency room.

Course Curriculum

Neuron Structure & Function
The Neuron FREE 01:30:00
Ion Movement 01:30:00
Membrane Potential 01:30:00
The Membrane at Rest 01:30:00
Postsynaptic Potentials 01:30:00
Action Potentials 01:30:00
Voltage Clamp FREE 01:30:00
Neuronal Communication
Synapse Structure FREE 01:30:00
Neurotransmitter Synthesis and Storage 01:30:00
Neurotransmitter Release 01:30:00
Neurotransmitter Action: Ionotropic Receptors 01:30:00
Neurotransmitter Action: G-Protein-Coupled Receptors 01:30:00
Neurotransmitter Clearance 01:30:00
Drug and Toxin Effects 01:30:00
Epigenetics 01:30:00
Nervous System Organization
Anatomical Terminology FREE 01:30:00
External Brain Anatomy 01:30:00
Internal Brain Anatomy 01:30:00
Brainstem and Spinal Cord 01:30:00
Motor System
Spinal Control of Movement FREE 01:30:00
Planning of Movement 01:30:00
Basal Ganglia 01:30:00
Execution of Movement 01:30:00
Sensory Systems
General Principles of Sensory Systems FREE 01:30:00
Vision: The Retina 01:30:00
Vision: Central Processing 01:30:00
Somatosensory Systems 01:30:00
Touch: The Skin 01:30:00
Touch: Central Processing 01:30:00
Pain 01:30:00
Taste 01:30:00
Neural Control of Stress FREE 01:30:00
HPA Axis 01:30:00
HPG Axis 01:30:00
Sexual Differentiation 01:30:00
Masculinizing Effects of Estrogen 01:30:00
Motivation and Reward 01:30:00
Social Bonding 01:30:00
Studying Fear 01:30:00
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 01:30:00
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