Issues in Cognitive Neurosciences

National University of Ireland, Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Issues in Cognitive Neurosciences

  • Host University

    National University of Ireland, Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Applied Behavioral Science, Behavioral Science, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to some psychology courses will depend on the academic background of the student in the relevant subject area.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    5
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3
  • Overview

    Teams of students are assigned seminar topics which they will present to the group. Seminars will be lead by academics from NUIG, other Irish and international universities and research institutes. Students will be encouraged to engage in critical debate of foundational concepts in the cognitive neurosciences based around the seminar presentations. The presentations will be based on up-to-date literature sources. The topics that aim to be addressed include neuroimaging, specifically EEG and MRI technologies, functional neuroanatomy, the clinical neuroscience of schizophrenia, cognitive aspects of pain, psychopharmacology and cognitive neuroscience, the cognitive neuroscience or memory and the cognitive neuroscience of language, the clinical neuroscience of the Autism spectrum disorder. The course thus aims to expose students to specific research issues in addition to the broader cognitive neuroscience research agenda.

    Module objectives

    * The course aims to introduce topical issues in the study of brain and cognition
    * Students should be able to critically evaluate the research techniques in the cognitive neurosciences
    * The course aims to develop presentation skills and to encourage debate on current issues

    Basic Reading

    * Ward. J. (2006). The Students Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience. Hove. Psychology Press.
    * Journal article based reading will also be required.

    Evaluation

    * Attendance
    * Seminar Participation
    * Written Exam

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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