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Brain and Cognition, Neural Underpinnings of Cognition



The student will gain a broad overview of classical and modern theories of the mechanisms underlying cognitive processes such as perception, attention and memory, and a deeper insight into how these mechanisms could be implemented in the brain.


This topic concerns the mechanisms underlying cognitive processes such as visual perception, attention and memory. The four lectures provide an overview of the main theoretical ideas on the nature of these mechanisms, ranging from symbolic accounts to neuronal and dynamical views. Examples of how cognitive processes could be implemented in the brain will be presented and discussed. Potential applications of neuronal mechanisms of cognition will be presented and discussed as well.


  • Journal articles, with links on Blackboard

Mode of teaching and of assessment

  • Lectures
    • Written exam (MC and essay questions).