FYS-106 Are You Smart? Science, Culture, and How We Learn

Instructor: Associate Professor Josef Brandauer
Department: Health Sciences

Course Description:
What is an “expert learner”? What is the reason that the hippocampus of a taxi driver may be larger than what you would expect? What are the neurobiological underpinnings that decide whether you can recall a fact, understand a concept, or apply previously acquired knowledge? How do our identities shape how we learn? In “Are you smart?”, we investigate the strategies and characteristics that define successful learning. The topics discussed in this first-year seminar range from central nervous system anatomy and physiology to habits and techniques that can help you find success in the transition to the academic challenges of college.