Introduction to Neuroscience

Participate in a college online introduction to neuroscience course while working with a mentor to expand your exploration based on specific areas of interest.


  • Essential Question: How can I expand my knowledge of Neuroscience via an online MIT courseware class?
  • Areas of study: Psychology and Science
  • Type and amount of credit earned: 1 credit
  • Community partners: Advanced placement psychology teacher


  • Acquiring Information: determine the central idea of a source , gather evidence from a variety of sources  in diverse formats and media, integrate multiple pieces of information
  • Analyzing Information: evaluate a primary source, compare and contrast elements within a topic, analyze the factors that went into making a decision
  •  Connecting information:  organize and interpret the chronological sequence of events, connect key events to broader central themes or concepts, draw inferences and make connections with current, real world events
  • Communicating information: write responses by developing a precise claim that is supported by relevant evidence, participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions, present information and findings in a range of formats including visual and digital media

See the detailed ELO description for the full text of these competencies.

Student activities

  • Register for MIT’s Open Courseware class called “Neuroscience and Behavior”.
  • Complete two exams and quizzes from the MIT Courseware site.
  • Write a description of the major contributions of 3–5 neuroscientists.
  • Write a short paper on the influence of culture, society, history, and geography on cognition.
  • Create a research proposal to investigate an aspect of neuroscience.
  • Choose a part of neuroscience covered in class and discuss how the research should or should not impact the real world.
  • Make a final presentation to the ELO Committee and the AP Psychology class.


Credit will be awarded based on the student’s successful completion of the online class, exams, quizzes, papers and the final presentation to the ELO Committee.

More Information

It is important that the student is fully committed to the ELO and is capable of completing a self-directed online class. This ELO was successful because the participant was an excellent student who was self-motivated and responsible.

This ELO was submitted by Lou Yelgin, Hillsboro-Deering High School

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