|Course level||Advanced Bachelor/ Master|
|Recommended course combination||Session1: Neurodegenerative Diseases: From Lab to Patient and Back|
Session 3: Debates About the Nature of Human Cognition
||14 July to 28 July 2018|
|Co-ordinating lecturer||Prof. Christian Olivers|
|Other lecturers||Dr Hamdi Mbarek, Dr Camelia Minica, prof. Meike Bartels, Dr Abdel Abdellaoui,
prof. Dr Dorret I. Boomsma, prof. dr. Eco J. C. de Geus, prof. Dr Conor Dolan,
Dr Michel Nivard, Dr Jenny van Dongen, Dr Dennis van ‘t Ent, Dr Elsje van Bergen,
Dr Gonneke Willemsen, Dr Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Dr Rick Janssen. Guest lecturers to be announced.
|Form(s) of tuition||Lectures, workshops, practical assignments, excursions|
|Form(s) of assessment||Attendance, practical assignments, presentations|
This course provides you with a sound introduction to human cognition and how cognitive neuroscientists investigate it. Provided by the world-renowned Cognitive Psychology Lab at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, topics include perception and consciousness, thinking and decision making, as well as the underlying brain mechanisms.
Moreover, we give you hands-on experience with the state-of-the-art tools used to investigate the functioning of the mind. You will learn to set up, and run a cognition experiment, measure eye gaze, and interpret brain waves from EEGs. You will program your own computer task, analyze your own data and present the findings. We will also look at the practical side. What are the implications of brain and mind studies for design, marketing, health & safety, and the law? The course includes an excursion to the SPINOZA brain imaging center, where you will see an fMRI scanner in action.
At the end of this course you will:
Please note that opportunities to acquire your own data will be limited for capacity reasons. You will work mostly with existing data.
Christian Olivers, PhD, is Professor of Visual Cognition. For twenty years, he and his lab have used behavioural, eye tracking, EEG and fMRI techniques to study the mental processes underlying perception and attention. Specifically, he investigates how our knowledge, plans, and goals affect what we become aware of and what we perceive from our environment. He is also interested in how we can improve our visual surroundings to optimize behaviour, efficiency and safety in everyday life.
“If you ask me, the cognitive sciences have it all: It is a hugely exciting and fast-moving field to be in, a field which combines knowledge from psychology, neuroscience, physics, artificial intelligence, and philosophy, to try and unravel some of the last big mysteries humanity is facing: How is it that we can perceive, become aware, think, decide, and act?”