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Cognitive neuroscience

2011VT

Status Archive
School Nationell Forskarskola i Kognitionsvetenskap (SweCog)
Division
Owner Annika Silvervarg
Homepage http://www.swecog.se/courses.shtml

This course provides fundamental insights into brain functions from a cognitive perspective and addresses the biological basis for various cognitive abilities. The course addresses areas such as: perception, coding, attention, learning and memory, language and lateralisation, executive functions, emotions, consciousness.

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Course plan

No of Lectures

10

Recommended for

All Ph.D. students in SweCog

The course was last given

The course has not been given before

Goals

cognitive processes
• The students should know understand the principles of cognitive processing in the brain
• The student should have knowledge of the main theories about the functions of different
brain regions
• The student should have an overview of the different methods used within cognitive
neuroscience
• The students should be able to read and analyze the scientific literature in cognitive
neuroscience

Prerequisites

The course can be taken by all Ph.D. students in SweCog and Ph.D. students in related areas.

Organization

Two meetings of one day and a half.

Contents

The course gives basic insights about the anatomy and function of the brain from a cognitive
perspective and describes the biological basis for cognitive abilities. This includes the relation between
learning, motivation, attention and memory. The course addresses questions like: how do we recognise
and object or understand a visual scene? What are emotions? What is the relation between conscious
and unconscious processes? How can we think about the future, make decisions and plan? How are
actions controlled?

Literature

Gazzaniga, M. S., Ivry, R. B. & Mangun, G. R. (2006): Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the
Mind. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Lecturers

Christian Balkenius, et al.

Examiner

Christian Balkenius

Examination

Course paper based in a number of specific questions

Credit

7,5 hp


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