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.
Essential Reading: Ward, J. (2015). The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience (3rd Edition). Psychology Press (Lecture 1: Chapter 1; Lectures 2 and 3: Chapter 5; Lecture 4: Chapter 3; Lectures 5 and 6: Chapter 4)
Further information on the methods of cognitive neuroscience can be found in: Gazzaniga, M., Ivry, R. B., and Mangun, G. R. (2019). Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind. (4th or 5th Edition). New York: Norton and Co.
Newman, A. (2019). Research Methods for Cognitive Neuroscience. Los Angeles: Sage.