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Advanced topics in the fundamentals of cognitive neuroscience; attention, memory, scene processing, space perception, decision making, and social and affective functioning.
By the end of the course students will be able to:
1. State and discuss the primary theories, anatomical structures, and neural mechanisms supporting attention, memory, space perception, decision making, and social and affective functioning.
2. Write professional academic reviews of primary sources
3. Give coherent oral presentations of primary sources
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Note: The primary goal of the course is to provide students with fundamental knowledge of Cognitive Neuroscience. This course will replace two courses that have served primarily clinical psychology doctoral students (Psyc 8203 and Psyc 8204). The new course will provide fundamental readings on basic topics within the cogneuro field: perception, memory, attention, object-face-scene recognition, space perception, and affect and social cognition. The course will get incoming Cognitive Neuroscience doctoral students to the same level by covering the basics, and it will also provide foundational knowledge for Clinical Psychology students—knowledge that is required by the program’s accreditor, the American Psychological Association. Foundational readings will be supplemented with more focused/specialized papers that align with the research programs of CogNeuro faculty who are teaching the course. The course will also focus on the training of professional academic skills – reviewing research papers, ethics, grant writing, and career options.
The Cognitive Neuroscience program would like to make this course repeatable for cognitive neuroscience students. Clinical psychology doctoral students will take the first 8250 only (to be designated in the class schedule by a subtitle). Cognitive neuroscience students will take the course a second time (with a different subtitle). The second semester of 8250 will deepen their learning experience, particularly their development of professional skills and application of those skills to the course content.