The Science of Mind Reading


INSTRUCTOR: Angela Laird


SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Course Description

This course will provide examine the origins, development, and future of functional MRI, revealing how this form of “mind reading” is increasingly being used to decode our thoughts and experiences.

This course is recommended for biology, psychology, physics, and engineering majors, as well as students with a general interest in understanding how the brain works. This course will begin by surveying the origins and development of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as a tool to study the human brain. The power and limitations of fMRI will be discussed, as well as how its application in domains such as marketing, politics, and the law may exceed the limits of responsible science. The course will discuss recent findings related to human functional brain organization, including topics such as cognitive control, affective processing, and social neuroscience, highlighting developmental and individual differences across the lifespan.