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Course module: UCSCICOG32
Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience: Imaging Human Brain Functions
Course info
Course codeUCSCICOG32
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (3 (Bachelor Advanced))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byUniversity College Utrecht; Science;
Contact personB. Velde
B. Velde
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Teaching period
SEM1  (31/08/2020 to 18/12/2020)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
UCU-D2: UCU-D2 WE.15.45-17.30 and FR.13.45-15.30
Study mode
Course application processTutor / Education and Student Office
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listYes
Course placement processEducation&Student office
Additional informationThe Education&Student office places students based on level of studies, graduation requirements, maximum class size and time slot feasibility.
Course goals
This course will provide methodological knowledge to complement the topical knowledge of the other Cognitive Neuroscience courses. The idea is that students combine the topical and methodological knowledge to better understand the experimental procedures and are then well positioned to design and participate in their own experiments. These are skills the students will need if they intend to pursue a Master’s and/or PhD degree.
Specifically, the aims of this course are:
  • understand the most prevalent neuroimaging techniques in terms of acquisition and analysis
  • comprehend some of the cognitive, clinical and technical applications
  • conduct a critical evaluation of the literature
  • can design a proper cognitive neuroimaging experiment, including matching the proper technique with the appropriate research question
The aims are all touched upon to some degree in the lectures and assignments. The focus of the lectures lies on the first two whereas the focus of the assignments is on the latter two.

Specifically, the learning goals of this course are:
[1] understand the most prevalent neuroimaging techniques in terms of acquisition and analysis [exam 1 & 2]
[2] comprehend some of the cognitive, clinical and technical applications [exam 1 & 2]
[3] conduct a critical evaluation of the literature [group assignment 1 & 2]
[4] can design a proper cognitive neuroimaging experiment, including matching the proper technique with the appropriate research question [individual assignment 3]

Cognitive neuroscience at the 100 and 200 level covers a broad overview of the diverse range of cognitive neuroscience topics. This 300 level course will focus on human neuroimaging, in particular functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and Electroencephalography (EEG).
Other techniques that will be discussed are PET/SPECT, various MRI techniques (such as ASL, DTI, MRS, high-field MRI) and fNIRS. Also techniques that modulate brain activity, rather than measure it, will be discussed, including TMS and tDCS.
The lectures and meet-the-expert sessions will provide you with the theoretical knowledge, while the assignments will require you to review and present neuroscience literature as well as design a neuroscience study on a topic of your own choosing. Two short practical sessions (fMRI and EEG) will allow you to get some hands-on experience.
I have tried to setup the course in such a way as to provide you with knowledge about the workings of imaging techniques, ways to design a study, and how to process, interpret and report the data. At the end of the course, therefore, you should be able to able to critically evaluate newspaper articles on neuroscience topics and find and read the associated scientific research papers.
As this is a 300 level course, I expect you to show initiative and actively participate in the sessions. Vice versa, you can expect from me to be actively involved in helping you discover the field of neuroscience. If you are enthusiastic about any particular topic, I will be glad to discuss this with you and maybe bring you in contact with experts in the field.
Format E-lectures
Most of the lectures are online e-lectures. To watch the intro video and get a feel of the e-lectures, go to: On this site, you will also find the complete course manual.
At the end of each lecture a short online quiz will be presented. This quiz will help you determine the relevant aspects of the lecture. It also helps me see if I have explained the topic clear enough. We will discuss the quiz answers and the e-lectures during the Friday meetings. In this way, we can center classroom discussions around issues you find difficult or want to know more about.
The e-lectures are available online and you can watch these lectures in your own time. You can speed up during topics that you are already familiar with. Alternatively, you can pause the video to take a break or look stuff up on the internet. This will of course cause a 10 minute video to take longer than those 10 minutes. I have tried to break down lectures into short videos on specific subtopics, so that you can easily watch parts again to ensure that you understand it (or revisit specific sections right before the exam). During the video, you can also ask questions. These will appear in my email inbox. I will answer asap and this answer will appear online for all students to see. Some videos contain questions that you must answer to proceed. These questions are used to help you identify important parts of the lecture. These questions, together with the weekly quiz, will be discussed in plenary sessions on Fridays. In addition to the meetings on Friday, we will also have individual and small-group meetings. Moreover, I encourage you to contact me throughout the course to request additional one-on-one meetings.
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty University College Utrecht
  • Completed all course modules listed below
    • Cognitive Neuroscience II (UCSCICOG21)
Required materials
Instructional formats
UCU sci 3 course

Attendance and participation
Test weight10
Minimum grade-

Exam-1 (mid term)
Test weight20
Minimum grade-

Test weight20
Minimum grade-

Group Assignment 1
Test weight15
Minimum grade-

Group Assignment 2
Test weight15
Minimum grade-

Individual Assignment 3
Test weight20
Minimum grade-

*midterm FEEDBACK*
Test weight0
Minimum grade-

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