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Cognitive Neuroscience

Course
2021-2022

Entry requirements

First-year examination in Psychology.

Description

Cognitive neuroscience (CNS) is a multidisciplinary field that investigates traditional cognitive topics such as perception, consciousness and memory as well as topics such as social cognition, anxiety and empathy. CNS aims to gain insight into cognitive processes in the human brain. The CNS course builds on the Cognitive Psychology and Consciousness courses. The objective of this course is two-fold: on the one hand, students learn about the theories and methods of research of cognitive psychology and neuropsychology, and on the other hand, the course covers theoretical controversies and the limitations in current knowledge, and discusses possible directions for future development. This course is of interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about the relationship between mind and brain. The course forms an excellent basis for students who wish to follow the Research Master’s programme in Psychology.

This course or the Minor Brain and Cognition is required for admission to the Cognitive Neuroscience track of the Research Master’s programme.

Course objectives

Students will acquire:

  • Specialised knowledge of the theories and methods of research in the field of cognitive neuroscience;

  • Detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the human brain.; and

  • Oral and written skills that enable them to communicate and critically assess theoretical insights and empirical data from recent papers on the subject. This training in oral and written skills helps to develop good communication skills which are essential to succeed in a future career, not only inside academia but also outside.

Timetable

For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable

Registration

NOTE As of the academic year 2021-2022, you must register for all courses in uSis. You do this twice a year: once for the courses you want to take in semester 1 and once for the courses you want to take in semester 2.
Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from July. Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from December.
The exact date on which the registration starts will be published on the website of the Student Service Center (SSC). First year Bachelor students as well as premaster students will be registered by the Student Service Center; they do not need to register themselves.

The registration period for all courses closes five calendar days before the start of the course.
Also read the complete registration procedure

Elective

Elective students have to enroll for each course separately. For admission requirements contact your study advisor.

Mode of instruction

8 2-hour lectures in English and 8 2-hour work group sessions in English or Dutch.

Alongside the 8 lectures on the textbook, the compulsory work group sessions use recent articles to cover specific topics in greater depth. Students give a group presentation on neuroanatomy and an individual oral presentation on a particular topic in the field of cognitive neuroscience. They also and write a paper and provide review on papers written by their peers. The work group sessions also include a visit to the LUMC anatomical museum, which has a special display case with brain preparations for the study of brain anatomy. Attendance is compulsory for all work group sessions.

Assessment method

The final mark for the course is based on the unweighted average (i.e. 50:50) of the following 2 units of assessment:

  • The examination (in English), which consists of multiple-choice questions and essay questions and covers the compulsory reading list materials. The essay questions may be answered in Dutch or in English. The exam will cover all chapters from the book indicated above except chapters 4 and 11. Additional material covered in the lectures will not be part of the exam.

  • A workgroup grade, which consists of the combined grade for the presentation and the paper (these cannot be retaken separately).

Please note that the minimal grade for the presentation, paper and exam is a 5.0. The weighted average of the exam and workgroup must be higher than a 5.5 in order to pass this course.

Study material for the exam

The exam will cover all chapters from the book indicated above except chapters 4 and 11. Additional material covered in the lectures will not be part of the exam.

The Institute of Psychology uses fixed rules for grade calculation and compulsory attendance. It also follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of these three policies.

Reading list

Gazzaniga, M.S., Ivry, R.B. & Mangun, G.R. (2019). _Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind (5th edition). New York: Norton & Company. ISBN 9780393667813

Contact information

Dr. David Amadeus Vogelsang d.a.vogelsang@fsw.leidenuniv.nl