Week 1. Introduction to the course

This is blog posting from the course

Structure and operation of the human brain

Our course started with the introduction lecture. Lecturer gave good info about the to expect to learn from the course and what is required to pass it.

This blog is written by 3 people from different fields. During the course, we think to discuss the topic of the week from our field of studies.

My name is Samuel. I’m fifth-year biosystems and biomaterial technology student from Aalto University. I came to the course to wider knowledge of the topics and this course could be good since it’s a little bit related to my studies. My expectations from the course to find a new perspective on how we understand the brain.

From my field of study, I can investigate the cell-cell interaction and how the metabolism and external input affects the cell. Cells are building blocks of the brain. These cells are not able to create complex interactions such as thinking or learning by themselves. I find it interesting how these simple cell could possibly create complex things like conscious and are able to interact with other cells of the body.

I look forward to learning more about the brain and its anatomy.

 

 

I’m Chiara, the other writer of this blog.
I’m a fall exchange student at Aalto University, from Human-Computer Interaction master. Neuroscience and Technology might seem two different fields with no point in common, but there’s a strong connection indeed.

How we relate to technology is extensively studied by Neuroscience, intent on discovering and improving our experiences with machines or interfaces, in order to design them in such a way that they are functional and intuitive. There is an interaction between a man and a machine: and interaction is a language, even if in this case it is driven by gestures. Language is a cognitive process and emotions related to the use of technology also arise with it.

The study of the brain’s reaction is useful for understanding what happens on a cognitive level. There are many usability tests that use fMRI, EEG, MRI, etc. to be able to closely investigate what happens in our head. Furthermore, the field of Human-Computer Interaction also includes Brain-Computer Interfaces and Assistive Technology, aimed at solving disabilities and cognitive diseases.

I am here therefore to know how the main subject for which I project facilities works, in order to be able to design more consciously and to deepen the field of usability tests.

 

I’m Maximilian, the third writer of this blog.

I’m a second year master’s student in Information Networks. My minor is Neuroscience and Technology. On my free time I enjoy racket sports, technology and literature.

My interest in Neuroscience and the brain stems from the fact that it is an unexplored fronteer – lots to find out and understand! Also, understanding how humans work both on cognitive level and on neural level seems important no matter what you do in life.

The structure of the brain and its operation seems very fascinating because of the depths at different layers. Ranging from molecules interacting, neurons firing, all the way to immense networks of almost a hundred billion neurons playing together to create consciousness. Really looking forward to understanding more about this area of science, well done course personnel in sparking this enthusiasm for the course early on.

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