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This course is about how the brain creates our sense of spatial location from a variety of sensory and motor sources, and how this spatial sense in turn shapes our cognitive abilities. Knowing where things are is effortless. But “under the hood,” your brain must figure out even the simplest of details about the world around you and your position in it. Recognizing your mother, finding your phone, going to the grocery store, playing the banjo – these require careful sleuthing and coordination across different sensory and motor domains. This course traces the brain’s detective work to create this sense of space and argues that the brain’s spatial focus permeates our cognitive abilities, affecting the way we think and remember. The material in this course is based on a book I've written for a general audience. The book is called "Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are", and is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or directly from Harvard University Press. The course material overlaps with classes on perception or systems neuroscience, and can be taken either before or after such classes. Dr. Jennifer M. Groh, Ph.D. Professor Psychology & Neuroscience; Neurobiology Duke University www.duke.edu/~jmgroh Jennifer M. Groh is interested in how the brain process spatial information in different sensory systems, and how the brain's spatial codes influence other aspects of cognition. She is the author of a recent book entitled "Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are" (Harvard University Press, fall 2014). Much of her research concerns differences in how the visual and auditory systems encode location, and how vision influences hearing. Her laboratory has demonstrated that neurons in auditory brain regions are sometimes responsive not just to what we hear but also to what direction we are looking and what visual stimuli we can see. These surprising findings challenge the prevailing assumption that the brain’s sensory pathways remain separate and distinct from each other at early stages, and suggest a mechanism for such multi-sensory interactions as lip-reading and ventriloquism (the capture of perceived sound location by a plausible nearby visual stimulus). Dr. Groh has been a professor at Duke University since 2006. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Princeton University in 1988 before studying neuroscience at the University of Michigan (Master’s, 1990), the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., 1993), and Stanford University (postdoctoral, 1994-1997). Dr. Groh has been teaching undergraduate classes on the neural basis of perception and memory for over fifteen years. She is presently a faculty member at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences at Duke University. She also holds appointments in the Departments of Neurobiology and Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke. Dr. Groh’s research has been supported by a variety of sources including the John S. Guggenheim Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience, the John Merck Scholars Program, the EJLB Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Whitehall Foundation, and the National Organization for Hearing Research....

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KS

Aug 12, 2016

Taught for beginners in a simple and concise way! I especially liked the real life examples given to help students understand the concepts being explained - made it a lot more engaging!

RG

Jun 17, 2017

Great course !!! The information provided within the course was complete and easy to understand without oversimplifying the topics along with applicable to daily use concepts and work.

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von Jeffrey B

Jun 08, 2016

This is an excellent MOOC. I am a PhD candidate studying human intelligence and spatial cognition specifically associated with problem solving. The content is very well structured and clearly communicated through the lectures. Having been briefly introduced to some of the concepts in my own studies prior to this course I am finding the difficulty level to be quite nice (challenging yet very manageable). The inclusion of various experiments throughout the course is a good idea as it makes it all very interesting.

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Jun 07, 2019

very comprehensive course!!

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May 20, 2019

Excellent course. Very practical and intuitive.

von Marisol P L

May 11, 2019

Me gusto mucho el curso

von Roberto C

Mar 31, 2019

Enlightening, stimulating, perfect blend of top notch content and understandable videos. Thanks Prof. Groh!!! One of my best courses ever (on/off line)

von YUAN Y

Mar 27, 2019

great~

von gianluca a

Feb 23, 2019

very interesting and well prepared.

von Wei X

Dec 05, 2018

excellent crash course. Concise and to the point.

von Divya D

Nov 21, 2018

Amazing!!!!!

von b n

Nov 06, 2018

An interesting overview.

von PRIYARANJAN P

Sep 05, 2018

fantastic enthusiasm from Prof. Groh. Well worth your time.

von Sol Y

Jun 16, 2018

The course was interesting

von Jennifer O

Jun 16, 2018

Very interesting course clearly presented.

von Paola F

May 17, 2018

great !

von Evren G

May 03, 2018

Inspiring!

von Ji, C

Apr 21, 2018

Very useful in understanding how our brain works!

von Rahul M

Mar 04, 2018

I love courses where the instructor treats you like a smart learner instead of talking down to you, and takes you to the extent of work in the field instead of "making it easy". This course achieved its intended objective very well. Loved the course and the instructor.

von Gerald B

Feb 25, 2018

awesome course, my only negative comment is that is was too brief.

Great, clear, interesting professor!

von Neeva S

Feb 13, 2018

The presentation is so poor just like the instructor. I found this lesson to be vague for most parts and then extremely detailed for other

von Helmut K

Feb 07, 2018

Very interesting and good trigger to dive deeper into that topic!

von MinCheol L

Jan 27, 2018

Easy, but interesting enough for additional study on the topic of the course.

von Naokichi D

Jan 03, 2018

Brilliant! I'm taking this while reading Steven Pinker's 'How The Mind Works' and all the overlap makes the learning experience even more fun.

von Al-Rashid J

Dec 24, 2017

Enjoyable course that taught me lots

von ANSHAY A

Nov 29, 2017

The professor explains things very well. The course is awesome with interesting and well organized content.

von Rajat J K

Nov 12, 2017

Wonderful use of examples with regard to experiments, images and videos.