A Brain Inspired Course

Neuro-AI: The Quest To Explain Intelligence

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Neuro-AI: The Quest To Explain Intelligence is a self-paced, online course designed to educate you about the emerging field of Neuro-AI: the exciting merger of Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence.

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Insights from neuroscience research have the potential to inspire better AI, by adding biological details essential to our own intelligence.

Insights and models in AI continue to improve our understanding of our own brains, reveal what makes us intelligent, and potentially help solve how our brains underly our rich mental experiences.


Neuroscience and artificial intelligence are both gigantic fields.

Both include many subfields that each require their own set of background knowledge and skills.

People spend years trying to master the knowledge and skills needed to understand, and contribute to, any one subfield alone.

Neuro-AI is especially demanding because it combines the disciplines of neuroscience and AI, which have traditionally progressed independently.

I’d Like To Help

I’m Paul Middlebrooks.  A cognitive computational neuroscientist and the founder and host of the Brain-Inspired podcast.

I conducted neuroscience research for over 10 years, obtaining a PhD and working 6 years as a postdoctoral researcher studying the neural basis of decision-making and metacognition.
After leaving my academic position, I created the Brain-Inspired podcast to learn how recent progress in artificial intelligence, together with modern research in neuroscience, can help us understand how our brains give rise to our rich mental experiences and intelligent behaviors.

As the host of the brain inspired podcast, I have a unique vantage point on the convergence of neuroscience and AI.

I’ve seen where the fields overlap, possibilities for future research, and the potential for innovation.

I’ve created this course to help researchers and interested individuals understand this rich and exciting area of study.

In the Neuro-AI Course, Through Efficient Lessons, You Will Learn


Fundamentals of how neural networks compare to the real brains they were inspired from, and opportunities for each to inform the other.


The history and development of neuroscience and AI relevant to neuro-AI


Modern examples of neuro-AI models and how they are pushing the field closer to understanding what makes us intelligent.

What We Cover in The Neuro – AI Course

Module 1: Artificial Neural Networks & The Brain

10 Lessons Covering These Topics:

  • Introduces basic models
  • Models for understanding
  • Examples of modern models
  • History
  • How ANNs compare with brains
  • How ANN functions compare with cognitive functions

Module 2: Learning

13 Lessons Covering These Topics:

  • How learning works in ANNs and in brains
  • Supervised learning
  • Back-propagation in ANNs and in brains
  • Unsupervised learning
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Deep reinforcement learning
  • Innate knowledge
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What You Get With The

Neuro – AI Program


Lifetime Access To The Neuro-AI Online Program (including any updates in the future)


3 Q&A Sessions


A Student-Only Private Discord Community


Plus: Bonus Interviews With Relevant Guest Experts

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the course require coding or math?

There is no math or coding in the course. It is focused on delivering the conceptual underpinnings of neuro-AI through efficient, condensed lessons.

When Will The Q&A's Happen?

The first Q&A, covering only questions about Module 1, will be released before Module 2 is released on Nov. 30th.

2 following Q&As will follow, 2 and 4 weeks after the release of Module 2. They will cover questions from both modules. 

How Long Do I Have Access?

You have lifetime access to the modules and lessons, and will have lifetime access to any lessons I add as the course grows and new versions are created.

Will My Institution Cover the Cost?

Unfortunately I don’t have the answer. As I get feedback from students, I will have a better sense whether you can seek alternative ways to pay or get reimbursed through your institution.

Do You Offer a Certification of Completion?

I don’t offer any certifcation. This is not a course recognized by institutions yet. You should take the course solely for your own curiosity and edification. 

What is Your Refund Policy?

Due to the nature of this program, and the access you have to all of the course materials, the Neuro-AI course has a no refunds policy. I have worked very hard to create it, and I hope you find it as valuable as I believe it is.