Study Programmes 2017-2018
WARNING : 2016-2017 version of the course specifications
Cognitive neuroscience (Part 1: founding principles)
Duration :
60h Th
Number of credits :
Master in psychology : general (120 ECTS)6
Lecturer :
Christine Bastin, Serge Brédart, Fabienne Collette, Arnaud D'Argembeau, Steve Majerus, Martine Poncelet
Coordinator :
Steve Majerus
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
This class provides an introduction into the main concepts that define cognitive neurosciences, by presenting a broad panorama of the theoretical questions and the methods of this research discipline. The class privileges a multidisciplinary approach that characterizes cognitive neurosciences, and considers the interactions between brain and cognition both in healthy and brain injured populations. 
The following domains will be covered:
Visual cognition
Working memory
Long-term episodic and semantic memory
Cognitive control
Social cognition and decision taking
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
The student will get familiarized with the main topics and methodologies of cognitive neurosciences.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Cognitive psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, physiology of the nervous system
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Critical analysis of scientific texts provided by the teachers and integration with the lectures given by the teachers
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Face-to-face teaching + critical synthesis document of a subject chosen by the student
Recommended or required readings :
Postle, B. (2015). Essentials of cognitive neuroscience. Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell.
Assessment methods and criteria :
Written exam + critical synthesis document
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lecture notes