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PSP4068099, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1932, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PRINCIPLES OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE (MOD. A)
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge MICHEL THIEBAUT DE SCHOTTEN 000000000000

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

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Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Being this an introductory course, there is no particular prerequisite, even if it is advisable to have basic notions of neuroanatomy and physiology of the nervous system, and some basic principles of physics and biology.
Target skills and knowledge: How does our brain generate our mental processes and which methods offer us the possibility to study these issues? This course will introduce the principles, evidence-based theories, and some methods of study in cognitive neuroscience. Representative topics include perceptual, cognitive, emotional and motor processes, neuroimaging and neuromodulatory techniques (e.g., functional MRI, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).
Examination methods: The exam for the Neuroimaging module will consist of multiple choice questions on the themes covered during the lessons, in the suggested handbooks and in the handouts. There will be 31 questions covering the different topics with 3 options each and the time to complete the exam will be 35 minutes.
The exam of the Principles module will consist in multiple choice questions with a procedure similar to that for the Neuroimaging module (although not exactly the same) and/or an essay on hot topics in Cognitive Neuroscience. More details will be provided by the professors at the beginnning of the course.
Assessment criteria: Students will have to demonstrate that they have understood the main contents of the integrated course. The active participation to the frontal classes and laboratory activities will also be taken into appropriate consideration.
The marking scale, like for all the other courses in the Italian University System, will consist in thirties. A sufficient preparation will correspond to a score of 18/30, while the full preparation will correspond to 30/30 cum laude. Please note that the final score will be given by the average of the scores obtained in the A and B modules.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: Along the the course the student will learn the origin of the theory that support current model of the functioning of the brain
Where does it all come from? Along the course the students will learn the origin of the theory that supports our current understanding of the functioning of the human brain and how they relate to present neuroimaging methods and investigations. (Part 1: MAIN MODELS)
Where are we going? Subsequently, the students will learn what the general concepts and trends sought behind the scientific observation (Part2: MAIN CONCEPTS)
How can we achieve it? The students will also acquire skills in white matter dissection (i.e. tractography), brain lesion drawing (i.e. lesion symptom mapping), academic writing (the making of a paper) and grant writing (Part3: PRACTICALS)
The course will finish with an international workshop entitled Brainhack: Evolution the mind and the brain during which the students will immerse themselves in a highly interactive research event dedicated to the evolution of the brain. They will interact with international researcher and attempt along the three days to participate to and achieve a research project (Part 4: IMMERSION)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Students will have to produce a short review (1500 words to 3000 words not including the references) constituted of 6 parts
Part 1: How exciting it is to study the brain?
Part 2: Description of the Localisationist model accompanied by an original example taken from the literature and not discussed during the course.
Part 3: Description of the Associationist model accompanied by an original example taken from the literature and not discussed during the course.
Part 4: Description of the Holistic model accompanied by an original example taken from the literature and not discussed during the course.
Part 5: Description of the Glial theory accompanied by an original example taken from the literature and not discussed during the course.
Part 6: Synthesis of the review where the student will be expected to position himself providing his view of the functioning of the brain.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Catani & Thiebaut de Schotten. Atlas of Human Brain Connections. Oxford University Press (2012)
Thiebaut de Schotten M, Dell’Acqua F, Ratiu P, Corkin S, Cabanis E, Iba-Zizen MT, Leslie A, Dronkers N, Plaisant O, Simmons A, Murphy D, Catani M. From Phineas Gage to H.M.: Revisiting Disconnection Syndromes. Cerebral Cortex (2015)
Catani M, Dell’Acqua F, Bizzi A, Forkel S, Williams S, Simmons A, Murphy D and Thiebaut de Schotten M. Beyond cortical localization in clinico-anatomical correlation. Cortex (2012).
Catani M, Dell’Acqua F, Thiebaut de Schotten M. A Limbic System for memory and emotions. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews (2013).
Parlatini V, Catani M, Dell’Acqua F, Simmons A, Radua J, Murphy D, Thiebaut de Schotten M. Functional segregation and integration within fronto-parietal networks. Neuroimage (2016)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Catani & Thiebaut de Schotten., Atlas of Human Brain Connections.. --: Oxford University Press, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo