As a professor, Dr. Brewer strives to use her passion for teaching to instill her love of cognitive neuroscience in her students. In the classroom, her primary approach for accomplishing this goal is interactive instruction, which she has implemented in both large and small courses through the use of combining lectures with discussion periods, polling devices, patient examples, student role playing, multimedia demonstrations (e.g., audio and video clips, perceptual illusions, etc.), and frequent student feedback.
160D Brain Disorders and Behavior (4). Examines the localization of human brain functions and the effects of neurological disorders on psychological functions such as perception, motor control, language, memory, and decision-making. Prerequisites: Psychology 7A or 9A, B, or Psychology and Social Behavior 9 or 11A, B, or Biological Sciences 35, or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Brain Disorders is especially popular and all 400 or so seats are filled each quarter, so be sure to sign up early before you are waitlisted. Same as Biological Sciences N165. Psychology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
199 Independent Study (1 to 4). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Students may enroll in only one 199 per quarter. May be repeated for credit as topic varies.
262 Functional Neuroanatomy (4). It is impossible to truly understand human behavior without some understanding of the physical structure that enables behavior. Examines recent findings in functional neuroantomy through lectures and papers discussing links between particular behaviors and specific brain structures. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
290 Dissertation Research (1 to 12). Prerequisites: consent of instructor, graduate standing. May be repeated for credit.
299 Individual Study (4 to 12). Prerequisites: consent of instructor, graduate standing. May be repeated for credit.
Unfortunately, neuroscience and psychology more generally are not taught very much below the college level. The mindSPACE Lab is committed to educational outreach at all levels of education. To that end, Dr. Brewer and other UCI professors have teamed up to create Brain Day and Brain Assemblies to present psychology to local elementary and middle school students. In addition, the mindSPACE Lab has teamed up with Girls Inc. of Orange County to present and promote neuroscience to young girls.
Brain Day and Brain Assemblies
As a graduate student at Stanford University, Dr. Brewer and colleagues were involved in an annual Brain Day program in which we introduced local elementary and middle school students to neuroscience topics and research. Since arriving at UCI, Dr. Brewer has been developing and organizing Brain Day and Brain Assemblies programs at the local elementary schools in Orange County, California. Neuroscience colleagues and UCI students provide training in basic neuroscience in age-appropriate formats for several grades (K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-8) by (1) introducing students to the organization of the brain; (2) discussing the brain’s importance and function; and (3) reviewing brain disease and damage.
Girls Inc. Outreach Program
The mindSPACE Lab, in collaboration with Girls Inc. of Orange County, aims to enrich and empower young girls, while encouraging them to seek careers in the fields of math, science, and technology. Our programs introduces “brain science” to young women early in their educational careers through weekend and summer seminars using interactive presentations. At present, our team is developing programs for the Girls Inc. STEM program as members of our laboratory hope to foster youth interest in science and technology, and especially in the field of neuroscience. Above all, these workshops endevour to encourage young women to pursue their dreams, and illustrate that there are no limits to what an individual can accomplish with determination and perseverance.