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Trends and Advances in Cognitive Neuroscience

General details of the subject

Face-to-face degree course

Description and contextualization of the subject

'Hot' research themes from cognitive neuroscience will be addressed. Review articles will be assigned to read. In the second half there will be student presentations of articles from the primary literature dealing with a specific research question

Teaching staff

NameInstitutionCategoryDoctorTeaching profileAreaE-mail
CARREIRAS VALIÑA, MANUEL FRANCISCOUniversity of the Basque CountryInvestigador DistinguidoDoctorNot bilingual** n o c o n s t a e l a r e a * ó " á r e a p r o v i s i o n a l"
MAGNUNSON , JAMESBCBL- Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and LanguageOtrosDoctor


CE1. Advanced knowledge of Cognitive Neuroscience25.0 %
CE2. Main research techniques in Cognitive Neuroscience.25.0 %
CE3. Applying knowledge creatively to identify research questions and plan experimental designs for topics discussed during the course25.0 %
CE4. Identifying systems and processes in advanced areas of Cognitive Neuroscience25.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours
Applied classroom-based groups101020
Applied computer-based groups102535

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Practical tasks50.0 % 50.0 %
Presentations50.0 % 50.0 %


We will provide an overview on the recent trends and advances in Cognitive Neuroscience.

The overarching goal of this course is that the student acquires a critical view of the field. Relevant papers will be discussed in groups.

We will discuss recent hot topics in the field. Some themes in past years were: What is the function of the brain's reading circuitry? Is there a bilingual or multilingual advantage in cognitive/executive function or language learning? Can Cognitive Neuroscience inform Education? What are current verbal memory models and how do they match up against the evidence?


Compulsory materials

There is no textbook for this class; papers will be provided at the beginning of the course, along with an outline of the topics to be covered in each half of the course.

Basic bibliography

Friederici, A. (2009. Pathways to language: fiber tracts in the human brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13, 175-181

Gallese, V., & Goldman, A. (1998). Mirror neurons and the simulation theory of mind reading. Trends in Cognitive

Science, 2, 493-501.

Henson, R. (2005). What can functional neuroimaging tell the experimental psychologist? The Quarterly Journal of

Experimental Psychology, 58A(2), 193-233.

Kotz, S., & Schwartze, M. (2010). Cortical speech processing unplugged: a timely subcortico-cortical framework. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 14, 392-399.

Novick, J.M., Trueswell, J.C., & Thomson-Schill, S.L. (2005). Cognitive control and parsing: Reexamining the role of

Broca¿s area in sentence comprehension. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 5 (3), 263-281.

Robertson, E. M., Théoret, H., & Pascual-Leone A. (2003). Studies in cognition: the problems solved and created by

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15:7, 948¿960.

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