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Spring 2020 CAT 192 Courses

UC San Diego offers one-unit senior seminars to provide upper-division students with an opportunity to meet with faculty in a small class environment. They are taught by senior UC San Diego faculty and researchers and are limited to twenty students. The seminars are taught by faculty in their fields of expertise and explore topics of intellectual importance. Students participate in critical discussion with a small group of peers and faculty. Topics differ every quarter.

CAT 192: Brains and Buildings: From Architecture to Neuroscience and Back

Eduardo Macagno

Distinguished Professor, Biology

Friday 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Architects typically design buildings based on an aesthetic tradition and intuition. We will discuss how evidence based on a deeper understanding of the neural, cognitive, and physiological responses to features of built environments could provide a new perspective for designs that enhance human functions and the quality of the users' experiences. Students will also learn how to use biometric wearables (e.g., eye-trackers) and how to design and carry out experiments that test design features of the new Sixth College living and learning neighborhood.