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Course Overview

The human brain is one of the most complex structures known to us. What does the brain do that makes possible the wide range of activities that humans engage in? This course will provide an in-depth introduction to the state-of-the-art developments in cognitive neuroscience that address such fundamental questions. The last two decades have led to an explosion of experimental techniques and theories that have provided substantial insights into the neural mechanisms of normal and abnormal cognitive processing in the brain. This course will be a window into that exciting field.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rama Chakravarthi

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Course Description

Over 10 lectures, the course will cover a range of topics in cognitive neuroscience. These lectures will explore cognition, including Decision Making, Memory, and Object recognition, in typical and atypical states. The aim will be to discover the neural mechanisms underlying these processes at various levels of analysis from single neuron activity to large-scale network dynamics. The lectures will also cover mechanisms underlying disordered states of mind, including Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Both human studies and animal models will be scrutinised in exploring these topics.

There will also be 2 two-hour labs, which will be empirical in nature, with hands-on experience with experimental techniques in cognitive neuroscience.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

30% poster
70% exam (2 essay)

30% poster
70% exam

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateUnderstand and critically evaluate theory in cognitive neuroscience, including memory, problem-solving, decision-making, and abnormal states
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate knowledge of the human brain structure and function in relation to mental or cognitive processes
ConceptualEvaluateDescribe and critically evaluate state-of-the-art research methods and experimental designs within the field of cognitive neuroscience
ConceptualApplyExamine how neuroscientific techniques can be extended to address important questions in other fields, such as art.

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