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Culture, Embodiment and the Senses, Fall 2005
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Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses will provide an historical and cross-cultural analysis ...

Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses will provide an historical and cross-cultural analysis of the politics of sensory experience. The subject will address western philosophical debates about mind, brain, emotion, and the body and the historical value placed upon sight, reason, and rationality, versus smell, taste, and touch as acceptable modes of knowing and knowledge production. We will assess cultural traditions that challenge scientific interpretations of experience arising from western philosophical and physiological models. The class will examine how sensory experience lies beyond the realm of individual physiological or psychological responses and occurs within a culturally elaborated field of social relations. Finally, we will debate how discourse about the senses is a product of particular modes of knowledge production that are themselves contested fields of power relations.

Subject:
Anthropology
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
James, Erica
The Art of the Probable: Literature and Probability, Spring 2008
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The Art of the Probable" addresses the history of scientific ideas, in ...

The Art of the Probable" addresses the history of scientific ideas, in particular the emergence and development of mathematical probability. But it is neither meant to be a history of the exact sciences per se nor an annex to, say, the Course 6 curriculum in probability and statistics. Rather, our objective is to focus on the formal, thematic, and rhetorical features that imaginative literature shares with texts in the history of probability. These shared issues include (but are not limited to): the attempt to quantify or otherwise explain the presence of chance, risk, and contingency in everyday life; the deduction of causes for phenomena that are knowable only in their effects; and, above all, the question of what it means to think and act rationally in an uncertain world. Our course therefore aims to broaden students’ appreciation for and understanding of how literature interacts with--both reflecting upon and contributing to--the scientific understanding of the world. We are just as centrally committed to encouraging students to regard imaginative literature as a unique contribution to knowledge in its own right, and to see literary works of art as objects that demand and richly repay close critical analysis. It is our hope that the course will serve students well if they elect to pursue further work in Literature or other discipline in SHASS, and also enrich or complement their understanding of probability and statistics in other scientific and engineering subjects they elect to take.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Statistics and Probability
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Jackson, Noel
Kibel, Alvin
Raman, Shankar
Sensation And Perception, Spring 2009
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"This course provides an introduction to important philosophical questions about the mind, ...

"This course provides an introduction to important philosophical questions about the mind, specifically those that are intimately connected with contemporary psychology and neuroscience. Are our concepts innate, or are they acquired by experience? (And what does it even mean to call a concept 'innate'?) Are 'mental images' pictures in the head? Is color in the mind or in the world? Is the mind nothing more than the brain? Can there be a science of consciousness? The course will include guest lectures by Professors."

Subject:
Physics
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Balas, Benjamin
Non Halloween Activity for October 31
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Students will rewrite the lyrics to a well-known song focusing on Autumn ...

Students will rewrite the lyrics to a well-known song focusing on Autumn sounds, smells and sights, but without any of the usual Halloween trappings.

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Arts and Humanities
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Lesson Plan
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Vince Floriani
Biomedical Devices for the Eyes
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Students examine the structure and function of the human eye, learning some ...

Students examine the structure and function of the human eye, learning some amazing features about our eyes, which provide us with sight and an understanding of our surroundings. Students also learn about some common eye problems and the biomedical devices and medical procedures that resolve or help to lessen the effects of these vision deficiencies, including vision correction surgery.

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Engineering
Anatomy/Physiology
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Activity/Lab
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Lesley Herrmann
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
William Surles
Brain is a Computer
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Students learn about the similarities between the human brain and its engineering ...

Students learn about the similarities between the human brain and its engineering counterpart, the computer. Since students work with computers routinely, this comparison strengthens their understanding of both how the brain works and how it parallels that of a computer. Students are also introduced to the "stimulus-sensor-coordinator-effector-response" framework for understanding human and robot actions.

Subject:
Computer Science
Engineering
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Lesson Plan
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center,
Sachin Nair, Charlie Franklin, Satish Nair
Commanding a Robot Using Sound
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Students continue their exploration of the human senses and their engineering counterparts, ...

Students continue their exploration of the human senses and their engineering counterparts, focusing on the auditory sense. Working in small groups, students design, create and run programs to control the motion of LEGO® TaskBots. By doing this, they increase their understanding of the use and function of sound sensors, gain experience writing robot programs, and reinforce their understanding of the sensory process.

Subject:
Engineering
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center, College of Engineering,
Sachin Nair, Kalyani Upendram, Satish Nair
Creating a Father Serra speech
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Students view photos of Father Serra and his living quarters at Mission ...

Students view photos of Father Serra and his living quarters at Mission Carmel and use their senses to create a speech. Prior knowledge about Father Serra is required - text book, websites, articles, etc.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
Will & Company
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Individual Authors
Author:
Sam Robinson
A Day at the Beach
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A Day at the Beach entices students to think about what makes ...

A Day at the Beach entices students to think about what makes a perfect day at the beach including something from all of their senses. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS
Provider Set:
WLVT PBS 39 Teachers' Domain
Early Childhood Activity: Evergreens in Winter
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Evergreen green offer a sensory overload! Through these experiences, children will touch, ...

Evergreen green offer a sensory overload! Through these experiences, children will touch, smell, see, hear and taste the season of winter. Consider trying these experiences year-round in areas with or without snow.

Subject:
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
American Forest Foundation
Provider Set:
Project Learning Tree
Hearing: How Do Our Ears Work?
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Students learn about the anatomy of the ear and how the ears ...

Students learn about the anatomy of the ear and how the ears work as a sound sensor. Ear anatomy parts and structures are explained in detail, as well as how sound is transmitted mechanically and then electrically through them to the brain. Students use LEGO® robots with sound sensors to measure sound intensities, learning how the NXT brick (computer) converts the intensity of sound measured by the sensor input into a number that transmits to a screen. They build on their experiences from the previous activities and establish a rich understanding of the sound sensor and its relationship to the TaskBot's computer.

Subject:
Engineering
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center, College of Engineering,
Marianne Catanho, Sachin Nair, Charlie Franklin, Satish Nair
How Do Human Sensors Work?
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This lesson highlights the similarities between human sensors and their engineering counterparts. ...

This lesson highlights the similarities between human sensors and their engineering counterparts. Taking this approach enables students to view the human body as a system, that is, from the perspective of an engineer. Humans have recreated most human sensors in robots – eyes, ears and sensors for temperature, touch and smell. The lesson inculdes a PowerPoint file that is programmed to run a Jeopardy-style game as a fun assessment tool.

Subject:
Engineering
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Ajay Nair
Ashwin Mohan
Charlie Franklin
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center, College of Engineering,
Satish Nair
How Do Sensors Work?
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Through six lesson/activity sets, students learn about the functioning of sensors, both ...

Through six lesson/activity sets, students learn about the functioning of sensors, both human and robotic. In the activities, student groups use LEGO MINDSTORMS(TM) NXT robots and components to study human senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch) in more detail than in previous units in the series. They also learn about the human made rotation, touch, sound, light and ultrasonic sensors. "Stimulus-sensor-coordinator-effector-response" pathways are used to describe the processes as well as similarities between human/animal and robotic equivalent sensory systems. The important concept of sensors converting/transducing signals is emphasized. Through assorted engineering design challenges, students program the LEGO robots to respond to input from various LEGO sensors. The overall framework reinforces the theme of the human body as a system with sensors that is, from an engineering perspective. PowerPoint® presentations, quizzes and worksheets are provided throughout the unit.

Subject:
Engineering
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Full Course
Unit of Study
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center,
Nishant Sinha, Trisha Chaudhary, Srijith Nair, Pranit Samarth, Satish S. Nair
Human Anatomy - Laboratory
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In this lab, the student will review the anatomy and histology of ...

In this lab, the student will review the anatomy and histology of the organs by using images of models, microscopic slides, and videos on cat and sheep dissections. The student will then be asked to assess his or her knowledge, which eventually can be put to practical or experimental use. Upon successful completion of this lab supplement, students will be able to: use anatomical terminology correctly in the laboratory; using a compound light microscope, identify different tissues and describe a human organ where that tissue can be found; describe the major features and functions of human skin; identify and name human bones and their major features and differentiate, microscopically and grossly, between compact and spongy bone; name and describe the functions of the human brain's major structures; describe the anatomical and functional differences between the dorsal and ventral roots of spinal nerves and the dorsal and ventral horns of the spinal cord's grey matter; describe the structure of an intervertebral disc; identify, microscopically and grossly, the differences between the three types of muscle and describe the respective structures and locations of different muscle tissues; identify and name the structures of the human eye and the human ear; describe the major similarities and differences in the structure of an artery and a vein; describe the flow of blood through the heart and identify all major vessels, chambers, and valves; identify and name, histologically and anatomically, the major components of the respiratory system, the digestive system, and the male and female urinary systems; identify and name, histologically and anatomically, the major components of male and female reproductive systems. (Biology 302 Laboratory)

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Anatomy/Physiology
Biology
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Full Course
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Human and Robot Sensors
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Students are provided with a rigorous background in human "sensors" (including information ...

Students are provided with a rigorous background in human "sensors" (including information on the main five senses, sensor anatomies, and nervous system process) and their engineering equivalents, setting the stage for three associated activities involving sound sensors on LEGO® robots. As they learn how robots receive input from sensors, transmit signals and make decisions about how to move, students reinforce their understanding of the human body's sensory process.

Subject:
Engineering
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center,
Sachin Nair, Charlie Franklin, Satish Nair
Introduction to David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature Book One Series
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Dr. Peter Millican gives a series of lectures looking at Scottish 18th ...

Dr. Peter Millican gives a series of lectures looking at Scottish 18th Century Philosopher David Hume and the first book of his Treatise of Human Nature.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Philosophy
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Lecture
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University of Oxford
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University of Oxford Podcasts
Author:
Peter Millican
Introduction to Psychology
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What do your dreams mean? Do men and women differ in the ...

What do your dreams mean? Do men and women differ in the nature and intensity of their sexual desires? Can apes learn sign language? Why canŠ—Čt we tickle ourselves? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, religion, persuasion, love, lust, hunger, art, fiction, and dreams. We will look at how these aspects of the mind develop in children, how they differ across people, how they are wired-up in the brain, and how they break down due to illness and injury.

Subject:
Psychology
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Provider:
Yale University
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Open Yale Courses
Author:
Paul Bloom