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Brain & Society
Many of the core problems of our time – climate change, financial crises, addiction, social inequality – arise from individuals and their choices. Brain research on cognition, emotions, expression and decision-making will be translated in this theme to address collective challenges and increase understanding of what makes us human.
Bass Connections in Brain & Society engages undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty from different programs and majors in an immersive curriculum that combines research and coursework into a common program of scholarship in multidisciplinary project teams.
Curricular and project elements build connections between basic research in neuroscience (and related biological sciences) and socially challenging questions in medicine, the humanities, public policy, economics, ethics and law, to understand issues such as physical and social responses to transformative events; the workings of the brain in rhetoric and the arts; memory in legal testimony; and the role of decision processes in shaping our institutions and public policies. Each Brain & Society team tackles a current issue relating to the brain and its link to society as a whole.
Students are encouraged to create a coherent course of study that combines classes, independent or directed research and co-/extra-curricular activities. Research experience is the core of the program.
In addition to project teams, Bass Connections in Brain & Society offers semester-long interdisciplinary courses.
Most Brain & Society project teams begin with a summer component on campus. In addition, the eight-week Summer Neuroscience Program enables undergraduates to jumpstart their Neuroscience Graduation with Distinction senior theses by working one-on-one with faculty mentors.
Major and Minor
The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences runs the Neuroscience undergraduate major and minor.
Receive individualized guidance on how to incorporate Bass Connections into your Duke experience.
Check out students’ experiences in Brain & Society.
The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences runs the Bass Connections in Brain & Society theme. Theme leaders are Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and Leonard White, Associate Professor, Departments of Neurobiology and Community and Family Medicine, Physical Therapy Division, and Director, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences Education.