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There's a long history of really great MIT intro (or relatively so) psychology/brain science courses. Back in the 1970s, the intro course was a hugely popular lecture taught by the head of the department.

Yes, Hans-Lukas Teuber. https://wikipedia.org/en/Hans-Lukas_Teuber What impressed me so much about the course was it was completely focused on what, scientifically (via measurement), was known about the brain. I loved that it wasn't a 'fluff' psychology class at all.

MIT was rather unusual at the time for taking such a physiology and brain science approach to psychology. The prevalent school of thought, notably at Harvard with Skinner, was to treat the brain more or less as a black box and focus on the inputs and outputs.

Teuber joked at the time that his intro course didn't count toward the humanities distribution requirement because it wasn't irrational enough.

In the 1990s, that class was taught by Jeremy Wolfe. Then for several years by Steven Pinker.

Both excellent lecturers.

At least one of Wolfe's courses are available on audio with OCW.


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