Why Neuroscience

Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated earlier in this application? If you are ‘undecided’ or not sure which Brown concentrations match your interests, consider describing more generally the academic topics or modes of thought that engage you currently. (150 words)


Worlds apart though they may seem, English and science have always been my realms of study. English, because I like people -- listening to them, deconstructing them, empathizing with them. And science because I like puzzles -- that moment when the pieces click together and everything makes sudden, perfect, logical sense. Neuroscience is the intersection between these fields.

There is nothing more personal than the human brain. Your anguish, your joy, your deepest, darkest secrets all lie within its web of axons and dendrites and neurotransmitters. But to study it is a science, full of riddles and math problems and logical reasoning. In neuroscience, I can ask “How do potassium-ion channels discriminate between molecules?” And I can also ask “How do traumatic experiences affect a person?” What's more is that these questions are not unrelated in the slightest. Instead, they drive each other, interact with each other, and come together to create what we call the mind.

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