Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Our daily life is filled with diverse activities; we see things around us when we open
our eyes in the morning and we hear birds chirping (or just noisy sounds of traffic)
near our room. We use things around us in the right way (oh well, usually) and we see
our family and friends and talk with them. In class, we try to pay attention to what the
instructor says, understand it, and sometimes write down some seemingly important
information. All those activities comprising our daily life are mediated by our brain.
However, different sorts of activities are associated with different sorts of brain
mechanisms. Cognitive neuroscience is a relatively young field to study how the brain
enables the mind, i.e., how a change in the current state of neural activity enables
perception, recognition, action, language or thoughts.
The goal of this course is to help you understand how your brain works diligently
every moment in time to perform multiple cognitive tasks. (e.g., it?s amazing how you
can read text on the screen, making a note and sipping coffee while you?re mainly
thinking about the appointment after class! It will involve very much complicated
calculations, if possible, if you?re to make a robot to do this.)
Another goal of this course is to introduce various ways to study brain so that you can
come up with an idea of studying your own question about human mind.
Textbook ? Gazzaniga, M. S., Ivry, R. B., & Mangun, G. R. (2014) Cognitive
Neuroscience; The Biology of the Mind (4th ed.) New York: W. W. Norton &
EKU Course Website (http://portal.korea.ac.kr)
Important information will be posted routinely on ?Class Notices? and course
materials including lecture slides (in .pdf format) will also be posted. Occasional
homework will also be posted on the web page. Check the course website often so you
won?t miss important information! If you have any suggestions for the web page,
please let the instructor know.
You are expected to complete assigned readings before coming to class. Periodically
the instructor will post homework assignments and additional readings on the web.
Completion of these assignments comprises a basic part of your commitment to the
All exams cover material from lectures, demonstrations and the required readings.
Please note that the lectures are meant to complement, not repeat, material covered in
the text and readings; just because material in the text isn't included in lectures doesn't
mean that material is unimportant. Exams consist of multiple choice items, phrases or
concepts requiring brief definition and some short essay questions.
Homework assignment will be given 5 times during the semester. A typical homework
assignment will be a short (1-page) essay about the week?s topic, a fun little thought
experiment, or a critical summary of additional readings.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations