Course Description

Course Name

Introduction to Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.

Overview

Introduction: The brain is one of the most complex systems that science is currently trying to understand. In addition, the associated disciplines of neuroscience and cognitive science are one of the hottest areas in science right now. In this course, I will provide an introduction into the core concepts underlying brain and cognitive science.
 
Course content: The course will follow the structure provided in the textbook ?Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience?, whose 1st or 2nd edition I recommend to students. We will cover the structure of the brain (hardware), its perceptual apparatus (input), its motor functions (output), and then continue on to describe higher-level, cognitive functions (such as attention, memory, language, emotion, and decision making).
 
Since only re-iterating the material of a textbook in class is rather boring (both for students and the instructor) and not really effective, each section will be augmented by a look into current studies in the field. For this, I will provide a summary of one or two current, exciting studies that are being published in each section!
 
Course objectives:
? To get an understanding of core concepts in brain and cognitive science
? To get a glimpse into current research on select topics
? To read, understand, and summarize a few current research papers in the form of well-structured essays
 
Prerequisites: A brain. Curiosity. Good English skills.

*Course content subject to change