Dr. Dwight Nelson, Biology Department, will give two presentations, "Biology of Mind: Peeking Inside the Black Box," from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 15 and 24, in 3M Auditorium, Owens Science Hall.

The seminars will address these questions:

  • Have you ever thought about thinking?
  • You might know "what you are thinking," but do you know "where" or "how" you are thinking?

These seminars will provide a brief overview of introductory brain biology (neuroscience) and review a few applications of modern neuroscience techniques that help to understand the physical basis for human thought and consciousness. Also discussed will be brain "changes," such as "rewiring" and even new cell growth, that are observed when brains learn new things.

The sessions are part of the Philosophy Interdisciplinary Program. For more information, call (651) 962-5350.