Read full story on the Fall 2015 edition of arts&sciencesStudying the body’s nervous system can be intensely demanding and supremely inspiring. Boston University’s undergraduate neuroscience students record with awe on the Nerve blog each new piece of knowledge they acquire: Listening to music can fuddle the brain’s ability to remember names. The Richardella dulcifica berry can trick the taste buds into thinking lemons taste sweet. A worm has 302 neurons; the human brain has 87 billion.
At BU, the cross-disciplinary neuroscience program is entering its eighth year with some 350 undergraduates. A majority of the students will also spend time in a BU lab or area hospital working on research projects, such as investigating brain connections in people who have had a stroke or analyzing the impact of sleep disruption on cognition.
We asked five undergraduates to inspire, wow, and possibly confuse us (it is neuroscience, after all) with their discoveries about the wonders of the human brain.