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Title Frontiers in Cognitive Neuroscience
Course number 2616
Programme Neurovetenskap
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2019-09-09 -- 2019-09-13
Responsible KI department Institutionen för neurovetenskap
Specific entry requirements 180 hp in medicine, biomedicine, biology, psychology, or cognitive science, or master degree in medical imaging engineering
Purpose of the course Students attending this course will be exposed to exciting new research in cognitive neuroscience, and learn to evaluate and critically discuss recent findings.
Intended learning outcomes After the course the student must be able to: (1) account for current concepts and key principles of cognitive neuroscience; (2) show an understanding of the inter-disiplinary nature of cognitive neuroscience with its roots in both psychology and neuroscience; (3) discuss and critically evaluate scientific articles in the field; (4) To show basic knowledge about the strengths and weakness of the different state-of-the-art methods used in cognitive neuroscience.
Contents of the course (1) Series of lectures informing about the state of art knowledge about: (i) Perception and sensory mechanisms; (ii) action planning and execution (iii); (iv) sex differences in the brain; (v) higher cognitive functions including working memory and creativity; (vi) memory; and (vii) cognitive effects of aging (2) Seminars where the students will critically discuss key published papers, and group presentations where they will present their analyses and conclusions for the whole group.
Teaching and learning activities Lectures, seminars, and group presentations.
Compulsory elements The group seminar is obligatory. In addition to that, the students are assumed to take part in the lectures. The student will be able to compensate missing attendance by submitting written reports on the missed material later.
Examination The oral presentation and group discussions during the last days seminar count as examination. We will assess individual studentsability to discuss and reason about current issues and problems in cognitive neuroscience.
Literature and other teaching material (1) Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind (3rd Ed, Gazzaniga, Ivry, Mangun) (Norton, London 2009). (2) Selected publications.
Number of students 12 - 30
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date)
More information The course is held as full days all week with lectures and some time devoted to preparing for group presentations.
Additional course leader Prof. Fredrik Ullén
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Henrik Ehrsson
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