Q551 Brain and Cognition Busey, Fall 2005
Resources Syllabus
Brain and Cognition  Q551- Fall 2005
Course Information:

Cognitive science is a broad discipline, because human and non-human cognition and intelligence is complicated. Cognitive neuroscience is a sub-discipline that tries to understand the brain by taking it apart and peering inside. We draw from anatomy, physiology and neuroscience, but also from cognitive psychology, since only through links with behavior can we assign a function to a structure.

This particular course emphasizes applications of cognitive neuroscience techniques and findings to your own PhD programs. How can cognitive neuroscience help you in your research and degree programs? In service to these applications, many of the projects in Q551 will involve case-based or problem-based modules that will ask you to apply neuroscience findings to a particular problem.

The course will also include a final paper that gives you the chance to describe one application of cognitive neuroscience to a topic that interests you. This will usually take the form of a research proposal or literature summary/integration.


Textbook and readings:

(1) Gazzaniga, M.S., Ivry, R.B., and Mangun, G.R. (2002)  2nd edition
Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind.   New York: W.W. Norton.

(2) Assigned readings are announced each week.  Generally, pdf files or some other electronic file will be posted on the webpage.  You should print these papers yourself and bring them to class with you.

General Resources

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5

  • Development Slides (pdf)
  • Mind and Brain Chapter 2 (pdf)
  • Development and Plasticity Slides (pdf)
  • Mirror Neurons (optional, pdf)
  • Cortical Plasticity (optional, pdf)
  • Donald- Evolution of Culture and Cognition (prep for Tuesday, pdf)
  • Development of Visual Cortex (week 15, pdf)

Final Project

  • Final Paper description (MS Word)




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