Instruction

Name Cr Method of study Time Location Organiser
Cognition & Brain Function 5 Cr Examinarium (electronic exam room) 26.3.2020 - 31.7.2020
Name Cr Method of study Time Location Organiser
Kognitio & aivotoiminta 5 Cr Course 13.1.2020 - 24.2.2020
Cognition & Brain Function 5 Cr Course 14.1.2019 - 25.2.2019
Cognition & Brain Function 5 Cr Examinarium (electronic exam room) 1.10.2018 - 30.11.2018
Cognition & Brain Function 5 Cr Examinarium (electronic exam room) 1.8.2018 - 15.8.2018
Cognition & Brain Function 5 Cr Examinarium (electronic exam room) 28.5.2018 - 31.5.2018
Cognition & Brain Function 5 Cr Exam retake 27.4.2018 - 27.4.2018
Cognition & Brain Function 5 Cr Exam retake 13.4.2018 - 13.4.2018
Aivotoiminta ja kognitio 5 Cr Course 1.11.2017 - 17.1.2018

Target group

Elective in the Cognitive Science module and in the Communication and Cognition module.

The course is organized by Cognitive Science.

It is available to students of all study programmes.

The course can be included in the Cognitive Science master level module, or in the Communication and Cognition bachelor level module.

It is elective in the Data Science master's programme.

Prerequisites

None.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, the student has an up-to-date knowledge of key cognitive processes, such as learning, memory and emotion, motor functions, attention and executive processes, speech and language, and thinking and mental imagery.

The student can place the most essential themes in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology into their empirical, theoretical and historical contexts, and understands the wide variety of research methods used to gain a comprehensive view of the higher brain function (such as behavioral brain research, brain imaging and clinical neuropsychology).

Timing

1st or second year of bachelors'/master's studies. Lecture course in the autumn term, book exam in both autumn and spring terms.

Contents

  • Structure and functioning of the human brain, and neural mechanisms underlying cognitive processes and behavior.
  • Psychological and neuroscientific evidence on cognitive processes
  • The thematic focus of the lecture course will be updated based on the current developments in cognitive science, but will generally emphasize i) thought, decision making, emotion, action, semantic processes and consciousness, and ii) language and communication.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

a) Active participation to lectures and reading prerequisite materials beforehand are required. Active participation includes discussion of the central topics with other students and the teacher. A final exam and feedback on teaching.

The teacher assigns readings to the lectures, distributes information, uses activating exercises and discussion, and poses problems that activate new ways of thinking and requires students to apply their knowledge. Questions, discussion and independent acquisition of knowledge are encouraged. Student feedback is collected and used to develop teaching further.

b) Self study, and both formative and summative e-examinations in Examinarium.

Study materials

a) Articles and selections from the textbooks (Ward J. (2015) The student’s guide to cognitive neuroscience, 3rd ed.; Glass, A. (2016) Cognition: A Neuroscience Perspective), assigned by the teacher.

b) Glass, A. (2016) Cognition: A Neuroscience Perspective.

Assessment practices and criteria

In the final exam, the student must display having developed a scientific understanding of and insight into the structure and function of the brain.

Grading scale: 0-5.

Recommended optional studies

Introduction to Cognitive Science or Perception, Communication and Cognition well complement this course.

Completion methods

a) Lecture course

b) Book exam (e-exam in Examinarium)