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Course module: 200300074
Cognitive Neuroscience
Course infoSchedule
Course code200300074
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (Bachelor Advanced)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch, English
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Psychology;
Contact persondr. M. Naber
dr. M. Naber
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Contactperson for the course
dr. M. Naber
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Teaching period
2  (11/11/2019 to 31/01/2020)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotB: TUE-morning, THU-afternoon
Study mode
RemarkFor questions about course registration, please contact STIP.
This course is taught in English
Enrolment periodfrom 03/06/2019 up to and including 30/06/2019
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
After completing the course, the student will:
  • have a fundamental knowledge of the classical principles of and recent trends in cognitive neuroscience
  • be able to critically assess and formulate an opinion about recent debates in cognitive neuroscience

Relationship between assessment and objective
The examination consists of open questions. In answering the questions, students are expected to master the mindset used in cognitive neuroscience, which uses different types of evidence derived from the multidisciplinary nature of the field.
In addition, when answering exam questions students are expected to critically underpin their responses based on empirical evidence. For assignments in the seminar recent literature should be cited.
This subject examines how mental processes are produced by human brain, specifically addressing such topics as attention, memory, executive functions, emotion, control of human locomotion and their interrelationships.
Special attention is given to networks of neurons or brain areas in which the integrated functions are implemented, and the methods to examine them. Therefore the course starts with a detailed examination of cognitive neuroscience techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and event-related potentials (ERP).
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
- Knowledge of brain function
- Knowledge of biological foundations of behaviour

The course builds on this previously acquired knowledge at advanced level. Meeting these prerequisites is not a formal requirement for entering the course so students must consider for themselves whether following this course successfully will be feasible given their background.
Prerequisite knowledge can be obtained through
'Brain and behaviour' and 'Brain and cognition'.
Required materials
Purves, D., Cabeza, R., Huettel, S.A., LaBar, K.S., Platt, M.L. and Woldorff, M. (2013). Principles of cognitive neuroscience (2nd edition). Sinauer. ISBN 978-0-87893-573-4.
Losse artikelen (worden aan de hand van de te beantwoorden vraagstelling door studenten zelf geselecteerd).
Instructional formats

Class session preparation
Subjects to be treated have to be studied in advance.

Contribution to group work
Active participation during lectures.

Work group

General remarks
Students are required to be present at work group meetings.

Class session preparation
Installing Brain Tutor software; preparing a presentation; studying relevant literature and answering exercise questions. It's mandatory to submit the assignment(s) to be made on time.

First exam
Test weight50
Minimum grade1

Book and lecture content with 8 open questions.

Second exam
Test weight50
Minimum grade1

Book and lecture content with 8 open questions.

Test weight0
Minimum grade-

The final grade of the course is based on the grades of the first and second exam. No grade will be given for the assignments. Instead bonuspoints can be earned to increase the grades of the exams.

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