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Introduction to Cognitive Science or Perception, Communication and Cognition well complement this course.
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).
1st or second year of bachelors'/master's studies. Lecture course in the autumn term, book exam in both autumn and spring terms.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
a) Lecture course
b) Book exam (e-exam in Examinarium)