COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND NON-INVASIVE BRAIN STIMULATION

Teachers
Gianluca Campana
gianluca.campana[at]unipd.it
M-PSI/01, M-PSI/02

Giuseppe Sartori
giuseppe.sartori[at]unipd.it
M-PSI/01, M-PSI/02

Aim
Cognitive Neuroscience is concerned with the investigation of how psychological/cognitive activities are affected or controlled by neural circuits in the brain (brain-mind relationship). Non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) is a family of methods for the study of cognitive function that has increasingly gained popularity during the last twenty years. By modulating neuronal excitability of discrete cortical regions and assessing the behavioural consequences we have new tools for the investigation of brain-mind relationship, that is the aim of Cognitive Neuroscience. This course illustrates the basic concepts of Cognitive Neuroscience, as well as the mechanisms and applications of transcranial electrical (tES) and magnetic stimulation (TMS) for testing hypothesis in Cognitive Neuroscience. Frontal lessons will be integrated with LAB sessions.

Syllabus
- Neuroanatomy and functional localization (brain and behaviour relationship)
Neurons and neuronal activity (chemical bases of action potential)
- Mechanisms of functioning of tES and TMS.
- Comparison between neuropsychology, brain-imaging and NIBS methods.
- Applications of NIBS for investigating various areas of Cognitive Neuroscience.
- Principles of neuronavigation and other localization procedures.

Course requirements (if any)
N/A

Exam modality
The students will be requested to work in pairs (or at most in groups of three members), with different curricular background. The instructors will suggest a number of recent scientific publications that expand on scenarios of use of NIBS in cognitive neuroscience. Each student group will study a publication of their interest and will deliver a public presentation that illustrates the contribution of that work in the understanding of brain-mind relationships or in the understanding of the mechanisms of action of that specific NIBS, and discusses its merit and limitations. All student groups shall also actively participate in the presentation of others, by offering comments, observations, and opinions on the objects of discussion.

Schedule

Jan 09, 14:00 - 16:00 (prof. Sartori)
Jan 10, 10:00 - 13:00 (prof. Sartori)
Jan 12, 9:00 - 13:00 (prof. Campana)
Jan 17, 9:00 - 13:00 (prof. Campana)
Jan 18, 9:00 - 13:00 (prof. Campana)
Jan 19, 9:00 - 13:00 (prof. Campana)
Location

Classes will take place at the HIT Centre, LAB sessions will take place at the Department of General Psychology.

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