Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Undergraduate Class
NEXT OFFERED: Winter 2017
Days/Time: Tue/Thur, 12.30 to 1.50pm
Location: McGill

This class starts by covering basic brain anatomy and modern methods for measuring brain function in humans and non-human animals. It then examines the topics of action, attention, memory, learning, emotion, and language in terms of brain regions and networks. Classes include vignettes that helps students to consolidate what they have learned in relation to real-world issues and problems around them: drugs for ADHD; environmental toxins leading to Parkinson’s disease; brain-machine prosthetic devices for people who have lost limbs, and how to lay down the best memories. Highly relevant for students minoring or majoring in psychology; pre-med students; and general science students.

Cognitive control and frontal lobe function

Undergraduate Class
NEXT OFFERED: Spring 2017
Days/Time: TuTh TBA
Location: TBA

This course explores a rapidly evolving topic in cognitive neuroscience; the most “human” and recently evolved region of the brain — the frontal lobes. Students will learn how the frontal lobes enable us to engage in complex mental processes, how they work in concert with the rest of the brain, how vulnerable they are to injury, and how devastating the effects of damage often are — leading to chaotic and even criminal behavior. This is a small class, especially focused on the scientific method. Students will write short papers and make presentations.

The methods of human cognitive neuroscience

Graduate Class
Days/Time: TuTh TBA
Location: TBA

Learning objectives:

– familiarity with most of the neuroscience methods available to study humans
– appreciation of how the various data are analyzed and interpreted
– appreciation of the strengths, weaknesses, pitfalls and interpretational limitations of each method