Medical Neuroscience

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Medical Neuroscience explores the functional organization and neurophysiology of the human central nervous system, while providing a neurobiological framework for understanding human behavior.

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Taught by
Leonard E. White, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
and 16 more instructors

Offered by
Duke University

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1 posts • 50 mentions • top 18 shown below

r/biology • comment
4 points • pizzigato

I’ve taken this course and it’s really nice, has some very good animations and explanations to really help you grasp the concepts. If you ever finish this course and feel like you need “more” then the following course is really good but beware it is very intensive and is the actual course content taught at Duke medical school by the same professor. But hey, at least you won’t be graded on it.

r/medicalschool • comment
8 points • Z80AssemblerWasEasy

That is independent of the field, across all professions and professors. Welcome to the world of academia, where those teaching were not taught how to teach, and often don't see it only as a distraction that has to be done (at least up to some level, teaching the basics is no fun for most). The justification - apart from tradition and cost - I think is that any student who makes it to higher education should be able to do most learning on their own, and overcome such problems.

On the bright side: In the Internet age it has never been easier - by orders of magnitude - to find and access better learning resources. For a first course for bio-chemistry for example, if it is not too late by now, you may want to check the "Principles of Biochemistry course" on edX, by Harvard. For a very good neuroscience course - after you already know the very basics - I could recommend "Medical Neuroscience" on Coursera, by the excellent teacher Leonard E. White (Duke University), just to give one more example.

There also are a number of Youtube channels with pretty good content. I have no idea why anyone would go through all the effort to produce those videos, I can't imagine there is much money to be made, but for whatever reason plenty of content exists.

r/medicalschool • comment
2 points • Claw_Porter

Is this the one:

r/neuro • comment
2 points • peanutgnome - when you click Enroll you have the option of Full Course, No Certificate. Caution - this one looks pretty advanced and might be over our heads, but as long as we're not operating on anyone, that's okay, right? :)

r/neuroscience • comment
2 points • FrankWoodley

Not sure about neural engineering, but a good course that you could take that is free is the Medical Neuroscience course from Duke University on Coursera.

Its a great in depth course that most people can achieve. There is a text book attached to this course that you can purchase that can serve your needs.

r/psychotherapy • comment
2 points • caleser

I can relate to this completely. I think the setting you work in greatly influences what you pursue. I began realizing I was really excited and fulfilled when I got to learn more about certain topics at my job, which helped guide me in a direction. I also realized that some interests I can directly implement at my job, but other interests might be things I never get paid for (maybe because there isn't a big need, or because I'm volunteering my services in exchange for a learning opportunity). I still struggle with having too many things I'm interested in and not enough time to dedicate to them.

You could potentially merge some of your interests; for example, starting a program that does career counseling in RTCs or jails to help rehabilitate people with addiction and transition them back into society.

On the topic of neuro, I was actually recommended this Coursera course by a med student who said it helped him get through some of the neuro courses in med school. It's suppose to be a fairly comprehensive intro, while still being low commitment. It might help you decide if you want to pursue that field with further study.

r/neuroscience • comment
2 points • dimethyltripreports

I'd recommend getting comfortable with research articles. I started reading primary scientific lit in high school for my own edification and I never looked back. "pubmed" after every google search xD

Python will always be useful, not essential, unless your specific position requires it.

For learning neuroscience, this is the most phenomenal resource I've ever come across: Duke University - Medical Neuroscience

It's a free, extensive online course, very well done. I watched a bunch of this early on and got way ahead of the game. There's lecture videos and lab videos, where the professor will show you whatever your learning on dissected brains. Best thing short of having the brains yourself.

Don't obsess over Alzheimer's, they'll teach you what you need to know for the specific research they're doing. Instead, look up your lab's webpage, or the professor's page, and browse through a couple of the lab's most recent publications. Scroll through current projects, make sure you understand the background info, the purpose of the research, etc. No need to know them in and out, but getting a little acquainted with the prior and current research in the lab beforehand always shows.

Can I ask why you say you want to be the best? What is it within neuroscience you see yourself doing?

r/neuroscience • comment
1 points • SavageNeurosci

I found this coursera course to be really good. It's free and can be done at your own pace.

r/cogsci • comment
1 points • thaquiali

Medical Neuroscience by Prefoessor White from Duke University

r/suggestmeabook • comment
1 points • artemisynn

Try Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases by Blumenfeld.

Not stricrly a book, but I also highly recommend the Coursera medical neuroscience course - (and their course website which lists lots of books and references ++)

r/brasil • comment
2 points • RifulI

Esse é bem completo, mas talvez muito aprofundado:

r/neuroscience • comment
1 points • neuro14


Principles of Neural Science by Kandel et al.

Neuroscience by Purves et al.

Neuroscience by Bear et al.

Popular science books:

Neurocomic by Hana Ros

Behave by Robert Sapolsky

The Human Brain Book by Rita Carter

The Brain by David Eagleman

The Accidental Mind by David Linden

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte-Taylor

The Tell-Tale Brain by V.S. Ramachandran

Making Up the Mind by Chris Frith

You might also want to look at edX or coursera for free neuroscience lectures. I like Medical Neuroscience by Leonard White (, but another good course is Understanding the Brain by Peggy Mason (

r/neuroscience • comment
1 points • Arisngr

A lot of textbooks and class notes are free online. Another great way is through MOOCS: a quick search on Coursera brought up several viable looking courses, including this

r/askscience • comment
2 points • albasri

I guess I'm not sure what your question is at this point... there is no chemical-emotion mapping. There is no list of all possible emotions. There are many cortical networks and structures involved in the processing of emotions. One of these is the amygdala. Here is a brief discussion of other pathways. Here is a coursera video on the neurobiology of emotion. You can find lots of other information with a simple google search. Otherwise you'll have to ask a more specific question.

r/neuroscience • comment
1 points • mentalfitness4

Heres a website for a really great online course from Duke. I used it alongside my medical school curriculum and it did a great job of clearing things up. Plus the guy who teaches it uses Purves which is one of the gold standards for introductory neuro courses. Full of quizzes, discussions, and anything you could want.

r/neuroscience • comment
2 points • keinekatharsis

Couple of Coursera courses:

Plus courses that are more computational specific:

And there is going to be a free Online Summer School hosted by International Youth Neuroscience Association this July. I guess they are still open for applications.

r/Neuropsychology • comment
1 points • Leonardo_riv_val

Not sure if "chief", but this a good community for those kinds of matters. Also there is a Coursera course where you can learn a lot of medical neuroscience, that being said is clear that it is not neuroanatomy exclusive thing but it might help you.

The page

The course

The book they use

You probably can get an old copy from here

r/TooAfraidToAsk • comment
1 points • ICrackedANut

"So are you saying thats its a mix of nature/nuture or is it 100% environment? "So are you saying thats its a mix of nature/nuture or is it 100% environment? Because if black peeps were raised well and stuff so they had the same iq as everyone else. Because they have higher bone density wouldn't that make them the superior race?"


Your thinking maybe right but due to lack of evidence we can provide, we can't say for sure that "You are black is why you are dumb". Currently, it is believed by some neuroscientist that environment is the cause. BUT you can change it by becoming a neuroscientist.


"Also i'd to love learn about some neuroscience :)"


First and foremost, most people who fail to study ANY subject is because of lack of self-discipline and not knowing how to learn properly.


Note: The courses below are all free. Click "Audit the course" after clicking enroll in Coursera.


Step #1

Learning How to Learn is a course by University of California San Diego. It focuses on how to better learn and avoid procrastination.


Step #2

Now you need to learn the relevant math and stuff.

  1. Statistic and probability (You will learn that there is no such thing as 100% confidence in statistics.)
  2. Linear Algebra
  3. Graph Theory
  4. Digital Signal Processing
  5. Take sometime to memorize brain parts.
  6. Depends on which side you want to study (Don't worry about this now as your course will tell you.)

Step #3

Now you are ready to jump into neuroscience!

  1. Medical Neuroscience
  2. Synapses, Neurons and Brains
  3. Fundamental Neuroscience for Neuroimaging
  4. Computational Neuroscience
  5. You can also learn Neural Network (A.I.) now if you have learnt the math above.

Step #5

Now it is time for you to become a scientist!

  1. Scientific Methods and Research
  2. Now you can ask yourself what question public have that you as a scientist want to answer. You can do your research from here. Write a scientific journals and then perhaps write a book on it.


Remember, it takes discipline to learn something. You are not only are you gonna be learning neuroscience with above steps, you will be learning self-discipline too. Most people who fail is because they lack self-discipline. When you gain self-discipline, you basically win in life.


PS: Don't try to rush. Instead, sit down and study relaxly. You want to understand every topic well so get yourself a notebook and a pen. Enjoy your journey.

PPS: Get yourself a weekly blog. That way you will have motivation to study the path above. It will also be useful for future employment and university admission and of course, big scholarships.