Neuroscience of Sports at AMNH

The American Museum of Natural History is hosting a five-session course, “The Neuroscience of Sports: Your Brain in Action.”  Here’s what to expect: “From the psychology of sports fans to the cognitive benefits of team sports to understanding the impact of repetitive brain injury, this course will give participants a practical understanding of the latest research in the neuroscience of sports.”

The first session is Monday, Sep. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., and runs every Monday at that time until Oct. 21 (except for Columbus Day). Here are the five sessions:

Sep. 16: Injury and your brain at risk
Sep. 23: Repair and Recovery: Much left to learn
Sep. 30: Playing: Look at what the amazing brain can do
Oct. 7: Watching: The spectacle of sports and why we watch
Oct. 21: Brain health across the lifespan

It’s hard to find a bigger issue in sports or neuroscience right now than concussions, and that’s what the first two sessions will focus on. The others look at what is happening in our brains as we watch or play sports and how physical activities affect long-term brain health.

Multiple experts from Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medical College will speak at each session. Participants will get hands-on experience, as well. In the “repair and recovery” session, they’ll be taught to identify the difference between healthy and injured brain tissue.

You can register here. The cost is $295 ($240 for museum members and educators). Even if you can’t attend, check back for more information about the course, as I’ll be attending and writing about it here on the Dana blog.

– Andrew Kahn

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