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Instructor Info:Joanna Morris
Office Extension x5462
TA Info:Holly MacDonald
Melanie Cox
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 221
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 221

The problem of explaining how the brain enables human conscious experience remains a great mystery of human knowledge. This course is an introduction to cognitive neuroscience in which we will attempt to examine the neural underpinnings of the mind's complex processes, paying particular attention to vision, emotion, memory and social interaction. Cognitive neuroscience incorporates elements of physiological psychology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. In this course we will become familiar with the tools of research used in cognitive neuroscience and with questions that motivate researchers in the field. Students will be expected to read and critically analyze articles from the professional scientific literature.

Course Objectives:
  1. To become familiar with basic neuroanatomy and physiology of the nervous system. 
  2. To understand neuroscience methodologies. 
  3. To understand of current neurocognitive theories of vision, attention, language, and other mental operations. 
  4. To become conversant in the unique language of the field of cognitive neuroscience.   
  5. To become familiar with the scholarly literature in the field of cognitive neuroscience.
Evaluation Criteria:

Students are required to attend class, participate in discussions, take notes when necessary, do assigned readings, and complete all assignments.  

You will have 10 short answer reading comprehension assessment assignments over the course of the semester.  You must also write a 2500-3000 word review paper. You will be asked to submit several drafts of this paper.  You must also complete a review of the paper of one of your peers.

All assignments must be submitted on time in order to receive an evaluation in this course.  All work should be submitted via the course website on moodle.  I do not accept e-mailed work.

Additional Info:

Gazzaniga, M. S., Ivry, R. B., & Mangun, G. R. (2009). Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind (3rd Ed.) W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.: NY.