Netherlands, Nijmegen

Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

when 1 July 2019 - 5 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 500

Cognitive neuroscience is at the heart of the life sciences. In this course, scientists of the Donders Institute provide a theoretical and hands-on introduction into this field with a focus on language, perception, action, plasticity, memory and brain networks.

How do you perceive and act? How do you speak and listen? How do you remember? What goes wrong when you would suffer from aphasia, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease? Answers to these questions are to be sought in your brain, the most complex and intricate organ in the universe. During the past few decades, several different scientific disciplines, including psychology, neurology, physics, biology and genetics have joined forces in trying to understand the neural basis of perceiving, acting, speaking, listening, remembering and other cognitive processes, from molecule to behaviour. This research enterprise, called cognitive neuroscience, seeks to understand the biological underpinnings of cognition and behaviour in terms of explanatory principles ranging from small-scale levels, including molecules and neurons, to larger-scale levels, including brain networks.

In Nijmegen, at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (DI), over 700 researchers use cutting edge techniques, such as electrophysiology, brain imaging and genetic methods to unravel cognition and behaviour as well as its breakdown due to for example stroke or neurodegenerative diseases. Research in cognitive neuroscience in Nijmegen is at the scientific forefront and the DI is one of the world-leading institutes in this research area. This summer school course aims to provide a thorough introduction to this exciting research field in general and to actual research at the DI in particular. Lecturers in the summer school are investigators at the DI and/or lecturers in the corresponding research master's programme of the Donders Graduate School. Next to a general introduction, you will receive introductions to four specific topics that correspond to the research themes of the DI: Language & Communication; Perception, Action & Control; Plasticity & Memory; Brain Networks & Neuronal Communication. In addition, you will be provided with demonstrations at the research labs of the DI and gaining hands-on experience with the basics of cognitive scientific empirical research.

After completing this course, you should have gained a basic understanding of cognition and behaviour in terms of elementary operating principles of the brain, be able to relate operating principles at smaller and larger scales in the brain, and to apply the operating principles to the breakdown of cognition and behaviour in neurodegenerative diseases.

Course leader

Dr. A. Koning
Programme Coordinator MSs Cognitive Neuroscience
Donders Centre for Cognition
Radboud University

Target group

First year bachelor, advanced bachelor, master and PhD. Bachelor students in cognitive, behavioural, (bio-)medical, language, or natural sciences with an interest in cognitive neuroscience are encouraged to apply. Master/PhD students with a background outside the domain of cognitive neuroscience, but with an interest in the domain are also welcome to apply.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
•Analyse cognition and behaviour in term of basic operating principles of the brain,
•Explain cognitive and behavioural disorders, for example aphasia, in terms of the operating principles of the brain,
•Set up a basic behavioural experiment.

Fee info

EUR 500: Normal fee


€ 450 early bird discount – deadline 1 March 2019 (10%)
€ 425 partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 375 early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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