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Introduction to cognitive neuroscience

Associate teachers

Katarina Faraguna, Assistant

ECTS credits


Number of hours: Lectures + Seminars + Exercises

30 / 15 / 0

Course objectives

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the latest trends in cognitive neuroscience and enable them to integrate this knowledge into a broader frame of applied cognitive science. After the course, students will be able to describe and compare different methods used in cognitive neuroscience, describe neural processes underlying various complex forms of human behavior, such as learning and memory, attention, emotions and speech.

Enrolment requirements and/or entry competences required for the course


Learning outcomes at the level of the programme to which the course contributes

  • Explain major historical paradigms and recognize important new trends in cognitive science.
  • Integrate insights, methods, and levels of analysis across different disciplines into a unified framework for understanding the human mind and cognition in general.
  • Critically evaluate cognitive science findings and synthesize information to be employed in a collaborative professional environment.
  • Apply interdisciplinary approach in examining phenomena pertaining to cognition.
  • Employ diverse disciplinary tools in exploring and describing the nature of cognitive processes.

Course content (syllabus)

  • What is cognitive neuroscience?
  • Introduction to the nervous system
  • How neurons communicate
  • Research methods in cognitive neuroscience
  • Hemispheric specialization
  • Motor control
  • Visual cognition
  • Spatial cognition
  • Language
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Executive function
  • Emotion and Social cognition
  • Brain development and plasticity
  • Cognitive neuroscience and AI

Student responsibilities

Class attendance, seminar preparation

Required literature

  • Banich, M., & Compton, R. (2018). Cognitive Neuroscience (4th ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781316664018

Optional literature

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