ESP Biography



ANDRES CRANE, ESP Teacher




Major: Brain and Cognitive Sciences

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: G

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Past Classes

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S13756: Human Intelligence vs Artificial Intelligence in HSSP Spring 2020 (Feb. 29, 2020)
On this small rock in some remote corner of the universe, nature has accidentally stumbled upon an arrangement of matter capable of intelligent thought: the brain. But what is intelligence? And how might we build it? These questions are at the greatest frontier in science today. Join us on an exploration of intelligence in minds and machines.


S13383: Introduction to Neuroscience in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Ever wonder how a 3 pound blob of fat in your head gives rise to all your thoughts, emotions, and experiences? Or whether mind control is really possible? Come learn about how your brain works, from the level of individual neurons to massive networks of cells. We'll also talk a lot about some of the groundbreaking new techniques that neuroscientists use to study the brain here at MIT. We're excited to explore the brain with you! Note: The class will include a sheep brain dissection and an arm muscle control demo that involves a minor electrical shock. Students will not be required to participate in these if they so choose


S13106: Sensational Neuroscience: How Your Brain Understands the World in HSSP Summer 2019 (Jul. 07, 2019)
Ever wonder why some people hear “yanny” while others hear “laurel”? Or how visual illusions work? Come learn how the brain processes information from the senses to generate your perception of the world, and how this process can be hijacked. The classes will consist of interactive lectures followed by demonstrations, in which you will make sour things taste sweet, bend your vision, and mind control your classmates. During the last class, we will tour real neuroscience labs at MIT! We're excited to explore the brain with you! (Note: The first class will involve a sheep brain dissection. Any students who wish to leave during this portion of the class will be welcome to do so.)


S13110: The Biological Basis of Neurological Disorders in HSSP Summer 2019 (Jul. 07, 2019)
Neurological disorders are one of the greatest threats to public health, affecting as many as one billion people worldwide. In this course, we will learn about how biological and neural abnormalities contribute to different neurological disorders, such as autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, and many more. Just as importantly, we will learn about treatments for these disorders, with a focus on both current and future therapies.


S12813: Sensational Neuroscience: How Your Brain Understands the World in HSSP Spring 2019 (Feb. 23, 2019)
Ever wonder why some people hear “yanny” while others hear “laurel”? Or how visual illusions work? Come learn how the brain processes information from the senses to generate your perception of the world, and how this process can be hijacked. The classes will consist of interactive lectures followed by demonstrations, in which you will make sour things taste sweet, bend your vision, and mind control your classmates. During the last class, we will tour real neuroscience labs at MIT! We're excited to explore the brain with you! (Note: The first class will involve a sheep brain dissection. Any students who wish to leave during this portion of the class will be welcome to do so.)


S12275: The Foundations of Intelligence: An Introduction to Neuroscience in HSSP Summer 2018 (Jun. 30, 2018)
Ever wonder what's going on in your brain? How do we form memories? Why do we dream? Is mind control really possible? In this course, we’ll give a broad overview of the field of neuroscience, discussing scientific findings from different species that have helped give us insights into these questions. We'll talk about neurons, memory, artificial intelligence, and much, much more! The classes will mainly be interactive lessons, with a number of hands-on activities and demonstrations mixed in. During the last class we will tour real neuroscience labs at MIT! We're excited to explore the brain with you!