Professor Sam Wang, Ph.D.

Professor Sam Wang
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
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As a neuroscience researcher, I study how the brain is responsible for our experiences and thoughts. In this course, I wanted to relate that fact to people's everyday lives—from sensation to dreams to autism to Alzheimer's.
Dr. Sam Wang is Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Neuroscience at Princeton University. He earned his B.S. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Wang is a well-known researcher in the field of neuroscience and has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals. His work includes the discovery that learning mechanisms can act like all-or-none switches, and that bird and mammalian brains share similar architectures for generating complex social relations. Dr. Wang is also the coauthor of the best-selling popular book, Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life. The book has been translated into more than 20 languages and received the AAAS/Subaru Science Book of the Year Award in the Young Adult category. Professor Wang has been widely honored for his scholarship and his advances in neuroscience. He has been the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Rita Allen Foundation Young Scholars Fellowship, a Distinguished Young Investigator Award from the W. M. Keck Foundation, and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. He was also selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science as a Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow, and he served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
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25 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) The Intelligent Brain & Neuroscience of Everyday Life  Set

    (Set) The Intelligent Brain & Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $519.90 Starting at $519.90 $594.90 $519.90$594.90
    Learn what the latest scientific findings can tell us about the intellect, a feature of the mind that is the epitome of brain function, as well as what the exciting field of neuroscience reveals about how the intricate inner workings of the human brain produce all the experiences of daily life. First, in Professor Richard J. Haier's The Intelligent Brain, you'll trace the fascinating history of intelligence testing...
  2. (Set) Your Best Brain & Neuroscience of Everyday Life Set

    (Set) Your Best Brain & Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Discover fascinating insights about the human brain with this set of courses. Begin by charting the workings of the brain and discovering biological processes produce all the experiences of everyday life, in every stage of life. Then dive into the fascinating world of neuroscience to truly understand the inner workings of your mind to improve your memory, boost your creativity and keep your mind active and sharp.
  3. (Set) Music and the Brain & Neuroscience of Everyday Life Set

    (Set) Music and the Brain & Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $519.90 Starting at $519.90 $594.90 $519.90$594.90
    If you are fascinated by the reactions that make you a sentient being, this two-course set is for you. Thanks to the new field of neuroscience, we can chart the workings of the brain in remarkable detail. The Neuroscience of Everyday Life looks at the biological processes that produce everyday experiences. Music and the Brain takes this science to the next level, demonstrating how music specifically affects how we...
  4. (Set) Brain Myths Exploded & Neuroscience of Everyday Life Set

    (Set) Brain Myths Exploded & Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Take neuroscience to a whole new level with this eye-opening two-course set. An acclaimed neuroscientist provides the true stories behind what we think we know about the human brain in Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience. Then, chart the workings of the brain and the rest of the nervous system with Neuroscience of Everyday Life.
  5. (Set) All About the Brain Set

    (Set) All About the Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,069.80 Starting at $1,069.80 $1,259.80 $1,069.80$1,259.80
    Study your brain from a truly holistic vantage point with this four-course set All About the Brain, focusing on neurology, biology, psychology, and more. The brain is responsible for every decision, reaction, thought, and sense we have. Understanding how this three-pound organ manages to coordinate and organize everything we do every second of every day is a fascinating exploration into what it means to be human.