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Title Frontiers in Cognitive Neuroscience
Course number 2616
Programme Neurovetenskap
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2020-09-21 -- 2020-09-25
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 The selection is based on 1) the relevance of the course in Cognitive Neuroscience to the applicant's doctoral project (according to motivation), 2) start date for doctoral studies.
More information This is a full-time course that is held with lectures both mornings and afternoons from Monday to Friday. The obligatory group seminar is held on Friday afternoon. The specially invited international guest lecturer this year is Prof. Tamar Makin from UCL, London, UK.
Additional course leader Fredrik Ullén, Institutionen för Neurovetenskap, Karolinska Institutet.
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Course responsible Henrik Ehrsson
Institutionen för neurovetenskap
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Henrik.Ehrsson@ki.se

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