Course description

The course will explore the connections between biological, particularly physiological processes of the brain, psychological processes, and behavioral performance. Topics will include methods of cognitive neuroscience; neuranatomy; neurophysiology with special attention to the mechanisms of psychotropic drugs; selected topics on the neuropsychology of the perceptual and motor systems; attention and altered states of consciousness (hypnosis); learning and memory; emotions and stress.
The exercise part consists of a lecture in functional neuranatomy and will be presented as a lecture using computers.

Goals

As a result of this lecture, students will have gained a wide knowledge of clinically relevant aspects of biological and especially neuroscientific methods and research results.
By means of the practical exercises, students will aquire an in-depth understanding of how to locate brain structures and thus understand functions via three-dimensional footage.

Grade evaluation

Written examination.

 

Literature

Kalat, J. W. (2015). Biological psychology. 12th edition. Mason (USA): Cengage Learning.

Kandel, E. R., Schwartz, J. H., Jessell, T. M., Siegelbaum, S. A., Hudspeth, A. J. (2013). Principles of Neural Science, 5th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Purves, D., Cabeza R., Huettel S. A., LaBar K. S., Platt, M. L. & Woldorff, M. G. (2015). Neuroscienze Cognitive. Seconda edizione. Bologna: Zanichelli.

Further literature will be indicated during the classes.