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10.3.2020 at 08:00 - 30.4.2020 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Mon 11.5.2020
09:00 - 12:00
Mon 11.5.2020
12:00 - 16:30
Wed 13.5.2020
09:00 - 12:00
Wed 13.5.2020
12:00 - 16:45
Mon 18.5.2020
09:00 - 12:00
Mon 18.5.2020
12:00 - 16:45
Fri 29.5.2020
09:00 - 12:00


1. Students of Master’s Programme in Neuroscience

2. Students of Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine

3. Students of the Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind

4. Other MSc students and doctoral candidates unless restricted by space limitations

Basic courses of neuroscience and neurophysiology are recommended

After the course the students should be able to - Understand the general concepts in systems and cognitive neuroscience. - Understand the methodology for measuring human-cognition-related brain activity with electrophysiological and magnetic-resonance -imaging (MRI) based approaches - Understand the analysis of hemodynamic activity and analysis of neuronal dynamics from human / animal electrophysiological data. - Understand the basic methods used in analyses of MRI and human/animal electrophysiological data. - Understand how the brain activity and its dynamics are related to (i) cognition and behavior, (ii) emotions and social interactions, and (iii) brain disorders.

Three full days (9-17 with breaks) of lectures and summarizing workshops. Tentative exam date May 29. Re-exam dates announced later.

The course consists of three major parts, each of which consists of lectures and a workshop

Methods in Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience, e.g.

Introduction to cognitive neuroscience
Magnetism-based imaging techniques (fMRI, sMRI, DTI etc.), EEG/MEG (electroencephalography / magnetoencephalography), Stimulation methods (TMS, tDCS etc.)
Summarizing Workshop: Discussion based on articles and lectures; research ideas and planning research (with critically addressing the strengths and limitations of individual methods).

Focus areas in systems neuroscience, e.g.

Perception (vision, hearing), Memory, Language, Emotions, Actions and motor functions
Summarizing Workshop: Discussion based on articles and lectures, and syntheses of literature (what is known, what is not known; what should be investigated), in groups

Clinical research areas in systems neuroscience, e.g.

Attention and ADHD, Social cognition and autism, Psychiatry, Dyslexia, Sleep and sleep disorders
Summarizing Workshop: Discussions based on articles and lectures; role of systems neuroscience in clinical practice

Pre-reading material and assignments in Moodle before the lectures. Attending the lectures and active participation in the workshops are required. The exam is based on lectures, book chapters and other material indicated by lecturers.

Lecture material and other possible reading suggested by lecturers. Applicable parts from Jamie Ward: The student’s guide to cognitive neuroscience.

Grading scale 0-5 based on examination.

Juha Salmitaival

Replaces the former course 920016 Systems Neuroscience: Perception, Attention, and Memory 5 cr.