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11.1.2017 at 00:00 - 17.3.2017 at 23:59
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MNEURO students and other interested master's students and doctoral candidates

After the course the students should be able to

- Understand the concepts and basic mechanisms of neuronal oscillations and criticality.

- Understand the measurement and data analysis approaches required for assessing neuronal oscillations and criticality with electrophysiological tools.

- Grasp the state-of-the-art knowledge (and its gaps) on how these phenomena are related to human perceptual, cognitive, and motor actions, and to brain disorders.

Mon-Fri 13-15 with the following exception: Fri 31.3. at 12-14.

Tentative Schedule


Monday Basics of oscillations and synchrony (Satu Palva)

Tuesday Network Models of oscillations (SP)

Wednesday Basics of criticality (Matias Palva)

Thursday Network and computational models of brain dynamics (MP)

Friday Oscillations and synchronization in humans


Monday Cross-frequency interactions (Felix Siebenhühner)

Tuesday Human large-scale brain dynamics (FS)

Wednesday Human data on criticality (Jaana Simola)

Thursday Experiments & Statistics (Muriel Lobier)

Friday Summary & Jonathan Smallwood

- General concepts of neuronal oscillations and criticality, background on underlying mechanisms.

- Methodology for measuring neuronal oscillations and criticality electrophysiological approaches.

- Overview of the theories and evidence for the functional significance of neuronal oscillations and criticality in human neuronal and mental functions and dysfunctions.

List of recommended literature will be provided for course participants.

Lectures and exam based on course material and selected additional reading material provided before/during the course, grading scale 0-5.

The course consists of lectures, preparation of essays/presentations, and an examination.

Satu Palva