Students should gain insight into:
- fundamentals of cognitive neuroscience, from neurons to behavior;
- functional neuroimaging techniques (functional magnetic resonance imaging, electro- and magnetoencephalography, brain stimulation methods): basic principals, limitations, and data analysis;
- example applications in the field of cognitive neuroscience;
- how to assess scientific work, by writing a paper abstract, giving group presentations on scientific journal articles and evaluating other presentations
The field of cognitive neuroscience is rapidly expanding.
The anatomical and functional properties of different parts of the nervous system are investigated in numerous ways and at many levels, varying from the molecular and cellular level to brain systems and behavior. This course will provide the fundamentals of cognitive neuroscience, with a major focus on modern brain imaging techniques and their applications. The course will consist of a series of lectures, practicals and lab demonstrations, question and answer sessions, group presentations, an intermediate test, and a final exam. In the group presentations, students will present a critical assessment of two journal articles related to the course topics and evaluate the presentation of another group.