Cognitive Neuroimaging
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BB081B
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
dr. A.N. de Haas
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Contactperson for the course
dr. B. Milivojevic
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dr. B. Milivojevic
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dr. B. Milivojevic
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dr. T.J. Staudigl
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Academic year2017
KW3  (05/02/2018 to 15/04/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
By the end of this course students should be able to:
• Explain fundamentals of cognitive neuroscience, from neurons to behavior;
• Describe basic principles of functional neuroimaging techniques (functional magnetic resonance imaging, electro- and magnetoencephalography, brain stimulation methods)
• Contrast pros and cons of modern functional neuroimaging techniques
• Critically evaluate applications of neuroimaging techniques in two model systems: episodic memory and higher-order vision;
• Apply this knowledge to design neuroimaging experiments
• Communicate findings of scientific articles (in video/group presentations).
•Engage with scientific presentations through ‘tweets’.
The field of cognitive neuroscience is rapidly expanding.
The anatomical and functional properties of different parts of the nervous system are investigated in numerous ways and at many levels, varying from the molecular and cellular level to brain systems and behavior. This course will provide the fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience, with a major focus on modern brain imaging techniques and their applications.  The course will consist of:
1. Lectures covering
- History of Cognitive Neuroscience
- Neuranatomy (with focus on episodic memory and higer-order vision systems)
- Principles and limitations of cognitive neuroimaging techniques: fMRI, MEG/EEG, TMS
- Analysis methods for neuroimaging data, including state of the art multivariate pattern techniques
- Applications of neuroimaging for study of the episodic memory system
2. Practicals (werkcolleges), covering:
- experimental design of cognitive neuroimaging experiments
- applications of for answering questions about higher-order vision (object, face and scene recognition)
3. Lab tour (scheduled 8/02/2018 at 11.45 during first lecture – not mandatory)
4. Group presentation in video format (scheduled 22/03/2018 - mandatory)
                - students will identify an interesting recent (2015-2018) scientific article
- students will communicate the content of a scientific article in a ‘video abstract’ format popular with some journals,
- students will come up with ‘tweets’ about all video abstracts they see in the class
5. Intermediate test (1.5h in duration, multichoice questions, scheduled 8/03/2018 - mandatory)
6. Workshops on scientific presenting and experimental design (scheduled 16/02/2018 - mandatory)
7. Final exam
Highly recommended:
• Ward, J.:The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience, 3rd edition, Psychology Press
Possible alternative:
• Gazzaniga, M.S.: Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind, 4th edition, WW Norton & Company

Teaching formats
• 1 hour excursion (lab tour)
• 15 hours lecture
• 11 hours practicals
• 2 hours student presentation (mandatory)
• 2 hours workshops (mandatory)
• 2 hours question sessions
• 94 hours individual study period

Additional comments
• This course will be taught in English
• The course is scheduled to take place on Thursdays (10.45-12.30) and Fridays (10.45-13.30)
• There will be a maximum of 60 students that can participate
• Mandatory classes: video presentation session, scientific presenting and experimental design workshops; intermediate exam;
• Lab tour is not mandatory (but highly recommended)

Test information
The final grade is based on the following three elements:
• (closed book) exam (60%)
• (closed book, multichoice) intermediate exam (20%)
• group presentation and tweets (20%)

Recommended materials
Book Ward, J.:The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience, 3rd Edition, Psychology Press

Instructional modes

Attendance MandatoryYes


Attendance MandatoryYes

Response course


Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4