RESEARCH METHODS IN COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
cod. 1010187

Academic year 2022/23
1° year of course - Second semester
Professor
Antonino ERRANTE
Academic discipline
Fisiologia (BIO/09)
Field
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
56 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
in ITALIAN

Learning objectives

The course aims to provide a theoretical and practical knowledge of the main investigation techniques used in Cognitive Neuroscience

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of neurophysiology

Course unit content

Review of the main techniques of analysis of brain functions applied to cognitive neuroscience. Study of the fundamentals of the main investigation techniques for the functional and structural study of neural systems involved in sensory-motor and cognitive processes.
The course also provides, through practical exercises, basic skills necessary for the management and processing of data through the use of dedicated software.

Full programme

Introduction of the neurophysiological basis of cognitive functions
Introduction to the fundamentals of investigation techniques in cognitive neuroscience
Presentation of investigation techniques in cognitive neuroscience
Electrophysiology
Magnetoencephalography
Structural and functional neuroimaging
Direct cortical stimulation
Transcranial magnetic stimulation
Virtual Reality
Experimental methodology in cognitive neuroscience (experimental design, data collection, data analysis, interpretation, formalization of results), presentation of experimental protocols and their combination in both clinical and research.
Practical exercises: preprocessing and analysis of functional and structural neuroimaging data- formalization of the results obtained conclusions.

Bibliography

Neuroimaging. Per lo studio del cervello umano. II ed. Idelson-Gnocchi
Scientific articles and slides

Teaching methods

Lecture and practical sessions

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam with scientific talk (8-10 min) and discussion about one or more techniques in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience research. Presentation of results related to the training in neuroimaging data analysis.

Other information

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