Module I covers the main theories of cognition, the neural underpinnings of a variety of cognitive processes, as well as the research that led to those theories. Faculty and teaching in this module span the major anatomical areas, functional neuroanatomy, and cognitive systems.
This includes the concepts of attention, perception, pain, language, memory, emotions, social cognition, and cognitive spaces. Learning and plasticity are a common theme cutting across several partners’ research. The development of the brain and cognitive capacity is another important area.
Advanced courses introduce a range of neuronal coding and cognitive mapping models.
The cognitive neuroscience topics are complemented by research topics and teaching from more basic neuroscience domains. An introductory course on the basics of neuroscience lays the foundation for the student’s research project, allowing them to see the wider context. This course covers neuroanatomy, systems neuroscience, sensory systems, the motor system, and modulatory systems and introduces common methods used in basic neuroscience such as histology and microscopy.