Neurosciences and Cognitive Sciences I

The anatomical and functional basics of the nervous system and their relevance for experience and behaviour are taught. Biopsychological processes are analysed on a biochemical, neurophysiological and neuroendocrinological level and related to higher cognitive functions such as perception and memory functions. The methods of biological psychology and cognitive neuroscience are introduced, and their application critically examined. An introduction to cognitive science as an interdisciplinary field of research is given, and the role of psychology is discussed. In the practical part of the course, students learn about current research areas from the field of neuroscience and cognitive science and practise presenting and communicating the results of biopsychological research.