Methods and techniques in cognitive neuroscience

Gianluca Campana
M-PSI/01, M-PSI/02

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). In this course various tool and techniques for the investigation of brain-mind relationship (that is the aim of Cognitive Neuroscience) will be shown. Neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques allow to establish a correlation between a given function and its neural underpinnings, whereas non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) allows the modulation of neuronal excitability of discrete cortical regions and assessing the behavioural consequences. In particular, the mechanisms and applications of transcranial electrical (tES) and magnetic stimulation (TMS) for testing hypothesis in Cognitive Neuroscience will be illustrated in depth. Frontal lessons will be integrated with LAB sessions.


-Mechanisms of functioning of neuroimaging and electrophysiological investigations.
-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
Foundations of cognitive neuroscience

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 neuroimaging and/or 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 neuroimaging and/or 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.

7 May 2018, 9:00-12:00
9 May 2018, 9:00-12:30
11 May 2018, 9:00-12:30

Prof. Campana's classes will take place at the HIT Centre, except for LAB sessions that will take place at the Department of General Psychology.

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