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Postgraduate Course: Brain Imaging in Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYL11082)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryBrain Imaging in Cognitive Neuroscience introduces the student to a range of applications of brain imaging techniques. The course critically examines the application of these techniques in health and disease, and the interpretation of their findings. Students are invited to become expert and critical readers of cognitive and clinical brain imaging papers.
Course description This team taught course introduces brain imaging and complementary techniques in the context of applications to the understanding of cognitive functions and dysfunctions. The methods range from functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography to electroencephalography and event-related potentials. Teaching is in a lecture format and provided by imaging specialists within the HCN team and by external lecturers, with the following exemplar topics (exact topics will vary year by year depending on staff availability):
1. Episodic memory in the young and the ageing brain
2. Language and language disorders with ERPs and fMRI
3. Converging studies of consciousness with fMRI and TMS
4. Brain imaging and lesion studies of semantic memory
5. Structural and functional brain imaging in neurodegeneration
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 3 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 87 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Evaluative short answer questions (2 out of 3, max 1000 words) (100%).
Feedback The course includes formative feedback with a short-answer quiz to be completed (compulsorily) mid-course. This is to prepare them for application of these principles in the more evaluative assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. know how brain imaging (EEG/ERPs, fMRI, sMRI, PET) is used to study normal and impaired cognition
  2. understand the main limitations of these applications and how these can be offset using complementary research methods
  3. evaluate current research in key domains of cognitive neuroscience
  4. read brain imaging papers critically
Reading List
These are provided separately for each topic running in a given year.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Elena Gherri
Tel: (0131 6)50 3340
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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