Massachusetts Institute for Technology

MIT: MIT 9.00SC – Lecture 3

Lecture 3: Brain

How does the physical brain create the mind? This session explores how the brain’s structure relates to specific mental functions. The cases of some famous patients, such as Phineas Gage and Patient H.M., demonstrate key points about the brain basis of personality and memory.


  1. The Mind is What the Brain Does
  2. Brain Overview: Historical Viewpoints, Neurons, Gross Anatomy
  3. Localization of Mental Functions
  4. Hemispheric Specialization