As part of the next phase of the Brain Science Research Network (BSRN), the University of Queensland and the Australian National University are partnering with leading psychologists and neuroscience experts to develop a new class, called “The Modelling Course”.
It’s aimed at helping people who may be struggling to find the right tools to get the most out of their neuroscience studies, and will teach them how to think and behave in ways that will improve their understanding of their own behaviour and their behaviour in the world.
As part of this partnership, the University will provide funding to support the development of the course, with the aim of providing courses for undergraduates and graduate students to take at the start of the second quarter of 2020.
The first four courses will be offered by the University in early 2018, and a further four will be in 2019 and 2020.
They will be taught in collaboration with Dr Andrew Sorensen, the former director of the National Centre for Psychoanalysis at the University and currently Professor of Psychiatry at the university.
The courses are being offered in collaboration between the University’s Department of Psychology and the University Psychology Unit.
Dr Sorenesen says the aim is to encourage students to think about how they can apply their own brain processes to the world around them, and how they may be able to learn from them.
“I think it’s great that we’re helping people understand the ways that the brain works, because the brain is the only thing that really controls our behavior,” Dr Soreysen said.
“The way that we learn is how we learn.
If we learn how to make decisions, we can make decisions.
If you learn to think like a machine, you can make better decisions.””
It’s about getting students to recognise their own strengths and to work towards the goals they’re trying to achieve, which is how you build a better life and what you want to achieve.”
The first course, titled “The Mindful Mind”, will teach students to focus on what they do when they’re thinking about what they want to say or do, and to use their own internal state of mind as a guide.
“We want to be able in this course to ask students how they want their thoughts to change when they have different mental states,” Dr Kippen said, “and then to use that as a starting point for a new thought process.”
“We’re also going to focus specifically on the role of mindfulness in helping students to make better choices, so students can make more conscious decisions about what’s important to them.”
Students will be able use the course to explore and practise how to use the mental state of mindfulness to create a new way of thinking.
“In order to be successful in our course, we need to get students to be aware of what they’re doing and how that might affect the way that they think,” Dr Voss said.
The course will also teach students how to develop the mental states that they need to use to become successful in the mental science profession, and also how to practice mindfulness.
“Students are going to have to learn to identify and recognise their thoughts, and then to think differently and think more calmly about them,” Dr Tullis said.
Dr Voss says this will give students a more personal understanding of how their mental states are influencing their behaviour.
“There’s this wonderful mental state called ‘calm’, where you can relax and enjoy life, and this is the one that we need in order to make our brains work, and make us think,” she said.
For the course that’s being developed, students will be asked to use a combination of mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, and the ability to listen to audio cues.
“If we listen to the sound of our own heartbeat, it’s going to trigger our awareness of what our heart is doing,” Dr Janko said.
In addition to focusing on the benefits of mindfulness, the course will introduce students to neuroscience research and explore the ways in which brain research can help us understand our own behaviour.
The program will also include a number of interactive learning activities for students to engage in and practice, including reading, listening to music, and playing games.
“With the help of the University, we’re really aiming to have an engaging and engaging learning environment that students will have an opportunity to participate in, and be part of,” Dr Mavrova said.