A Psychology-Neuroscience Wet Dream: Freud v. Cajal

My Dad can totally beat up your Dad.
Though spring is not yet in the air, another spring semester is here. The 2017 edition of the Psychology-Neuroscience seminar at Colby College is excited to tackle some fascinating topics. First on our minds is the contents of the new book by Benjamin Ehrlich–The Dreams of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. When I came across this book in Publisher’s Alley at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in November of last year, I knew I’d have to rearrange my curriculum to fit it in. What could possibly be better material for a room full of smart, passionate and budding young behavioral neuroscientists than to to examine the materials that led the Father of Neuroscience to take up a decades-long project to refute the dream theory of the Father of Psychoanalysis. Let the epic battle of the Dad’s begin!

An N of 1.
We also will focus on neurological case studies with an emphasis on the life and work of Oliver Sacks. Adding to this, I cannot possibly pass up a chance to drag students into the life and times of H.M., the recent fluff-up around him, his legacy, and the overarching notions on the power and the danger of the case study.

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