The Ever-Changing Brain

Leslie P. Tolbert
TUESDAYS 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
January 26 - February 23, 2016.
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The Ever-Changing Brain

Spring 2016
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10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
January 26 - February 23, 2016.


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The human brain, guiding our every thought and action, is as complex as anything we know. Its almost unimaginable complexity arises from minute interconnections between tens of billions of nerve cells. If we could map every connection among the cells, we still would have only a rough foundation for understanding brain function, because those connections are changing every moment of our lives. They are recording our experiences, our emotions, our plans for the future, and they are constantly repairing disruption and injury. Evidence is mounting that intellectual challenge, social engagement, and regular physical activity can have a profound positive impact on our lives as we age. Why? Because they influence the ongoing alterations, or “plasticity,” in our ever-changing brains. This course examines the recent revolution in our views of brain function that gives us a new way to grasp how our brains work.

Recommended Reading: 

Doidge, Norman. The Brain that Changes Itself. Penguin Books, 2007. ISBN-10: 0143113100.


Ramachandran, V.S. and Sandra Blakeslee. Phantoms in the Brain. William Morrow Paperbacks, 1998. ISBN-10: 0688172172.






































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Meet Your Professor

Regents Professor Emerita
Department of Neuroscience

LESLIE P. TOLBERT is Regents’ Professor Emerita of Neuroscience at the University of Arizona. She was on the faculty of the UA from 1987 to 2018, and served as UA’s Vice President for Research from 2005 to 2013.  Her research group used insect models to elucidate cellular interactions that are critical for brain development and function, and her teaching, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, focused on cellular- to systems-level neuroscience.      


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