Ask Peggy Mason Anything!

Well, if you’re wondering what I do in my spare time (all three minutes of it each day) I am proud to inform you that I have signed up for a course. For those who might be confused I am not talking about medicine.

The course primarily will cover neuroanatomy, neural communication, and neural systems. Mason will supplement her online lectures with discussions of the underlying neurology of topics that her students select from current events or YouTube videos.

I will am time a travelling armchair neuroscientist and you want too.
That covers dyslexics and Brits. Now a moment of silence for the blind readers.

I’m looking forward to this.

Science Life

masonMOOC A MOOC in progress

Ask Peggy Mason, PhD, professor of neurobiology, anything. Ask her about her research on the neuroscience of empathy (spoiler: rats have empathy!). Ask her what it’s like to run her upcoming free, massively open online course on neuroscience for the lay-person, where more than 31,000 students are already enrolled. Ask her what she means when she refers to herself as a “neuro-evangelist.”

Just click here and join her as she hosts an AMA (ask me anything) today, at the science section of the social media site Reddit.

As a researcher, Mason spent decades studying the underlying biology of pain. More recently, she’s turned her attention to the neuroscience of empathy. In 2011, Mason and her colleagues demonstrated the first evidence of empathy in rodents. They found that rats would repeatedly free trapped companions, even when given choice of chocolate instead. In January of this year…

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    • Ashley
    • April 22nd, 2014

    I’ve done several courses on Coursera and highly recommend it. Although the courses themselves can get very focused and technical (which is a good thing, of course) they also cater to all types; one can push themselves to meet all the deadlines and get good grades or work through at their own pace, ignoring the assessments, and learn the material for its own sake. Good luck.

    • Thank you. I’m looking forward to it.

  1. This is so full of awesome. Thanks for letting us know about it!

    • You’re welcome 😉 I felt exactly like that when I found it.

  2. ‘the blind readers.’

    Blogging while blind.
    Back to this later with something intelligent to say.

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