The mission of the Cognitive Neuroscience curriculum aims to provide theoretical and methodological training in predominantly cognitive research areas, such as perception, language, memory, attention, action, decision-making, and intelligence. The curriculum also encompasses the study of cognitive function deficits and may have translational implications. Additionally, for completeness, the study of cognitive functions is approached in interaction with non-cognitive constructs, such as emotions, personality, and motivation.
This curriculum is characterized by a highly interdisciplinary approach, drawing models and methods primarily from experimental psychology, medicine, linguistics, as well as STEM disciplines. The training provided by this curriculum goes beyond theoretical components and offers significant practical experience. Research in cognitive neuroscience is primarily conducted in laboratories, where human participants are tested using various non-invasive investigation techniques. The most used equipment in cognitive neuroscience research includes EEG, TMS, tDCS, eye trackers, and magnetic resonance imaging. This allows student who choose this curriculum to be exposed a wide range of topics and methodologies, many of which can be applied to research in other fields as well.
The educational offerings include three types of courses: 1) theoretical courses covering various areas of cognitive neuroscience (perception, language, etc., and their deficits), 2) methodological courses (statistics, coding, theory), and 3) practical courses related to the use of equipment. Other skills such as scientific writing, research ethics, and open data science will be shared across all curricula.