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GS14 1022 Theory, Content, and Execution in Cognitive Neuroscience

Sereno, Anne and Wright, Anthony. Two semester hours. Fall, Spring, Summer, annually. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to become successful cognitive neuroscientists. Students will receive instruction in designing experiments and analyzing data, selecting research topics, relating theory to their work, and how to stay up to date on current research. Students will be instructed in making presentations including PowerPoint, handouts, and effective use of white board, and will be given feedback by faculty and fellow students following their presentations. Students can register for the course multiple times during their graduate careers. Among topics covered each term will include: Comparative cognition, evolution ofbehavior, cognitive modules, brain disorders including neurologic, developmental, and psychiatric disorders, voluntary and reflexive orienting, perception, spatial attention, feature-selective attention, item-specific learning, if-then rule learning, relational learning, abstract concept learning, familiarity memory, recollective memory, what-where-when memory, episodic memory, and working memory. These issues will be thoroughly discussed during the Theory, Content, and Execution in Cognitive Neuroscience I, II, & III courses. The particular combinations of issues in anyone of these courses will vary depending upon the background and needs of the students registered for the courses and the nature of the important articles appearing in journals covering these areas.