Cognitive Neuroimaging
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BB081B
Credits (ECTS)6
Category03 (Advanced)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
dr. L.K.E. Genzel
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dr. L.K.E. Genzel
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Contactperson for the course
dr. L.K.E. Genzel
Other course modules lecturer
dr. L.K.E. Genzel
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
KW3  (25/01/2021 to 04/04/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksMaximum capacity: 60.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listYes
Placement procedureIn order of application
ExplanationIn order of application
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 (human: functional magnetic resonance imaging, electro- and magnetoencephalography, animal: electrophysiology, calcium imaging (1/2 photon), other optical methods (VSD), optogenetics)
• Contrast pros and cons of modern functional neuroimaging techniques
• Critically evaluate applications of neuroimaging techniques in two model systems:  memory (episodic/semantic) and sleep;
• Communicate findings of scientific articles (in group presentations).
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 Memory Consolidation
- Principles and limitations of cognitive neuroimaging techniques in humans: fMRI, MEG/EEG, and animal: electrophysiology, calcium imaging (1/2 photon), other optical methods (VSD), optogenetics
- Applications of neuroimaging for study of the memory system
2. Practicals (werkcolleges), covering:
- case based discussions in small groups discussing advantages and disadvantages of different techniques

3. Lab tour of human and animal facilities (not mandatory)
4. Group presentation (mandatory)
                - students will identify an interesting recent (2015-2019) scientific article
5. Group-puzzle: develop and present a scientific project with a sleep and memory question
6. Final exam

Instructional Modes

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
The final grade is based on the following three elements:
  • exam, counts for 60%, minimum grade 5.0
  • group presentation, counts for 40%, minimum grade 5.0
  • This course will be taught in English
  • The course is scheduled to take place on Thursdays and Fridays
  • There will be a maximum of 60 students that can participate. Enrolment is based on date and time of enrolment and will happen automatically. ('first come first serve') 
  • Mandatory classes: group presentations
  • Lab tour is not mandatory (but highly recommended)
Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight3
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4

Group presentation
Test weight2
Test typePresentation
OpportunitiesBlock KW3