Cognitive Neuroscience is not only one of the most dynamic disciplines of modern science, it has also a considerable media presence and plays an increasing role in current debates about topics as diverse as society, education, politics, law and economics. In this lecture series, we will learn about the history, development and methodology of cognitive neuroscience. We will discuss the main structures of the brain, experience how brain lesions can influence the way people think, speak and behave and examine the opportunities and limits of neuroimaging and other modern research methods.
By the end of the course, students should be familiar with the crucial steps in the evolution of the nervous system, with the main structures of the brain, their functions and the deficits caused by their lesions. They should also appreciate the most influential theories in cognitive neuroscience and the opportunities and limitations of its research methods.
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