Cognitive neuroscience is the study of cognitive processes using a variety of methods that seek to answer the question of ``how the brain thinks.'' This course will provide an introduction to the issues, methodologies, and central findings in this domain. We will start by covering some of the general issues surrounding the attempt to understand cognition from a biological perspective. Then, we will examine each of the major methodologies, including neuroimaging, animal models, computational models, brain damaged patients, developmental populations, and clinical populations. We will then cover a range of central findings in different cognitive domains including: perception and attention, learning and memory, language, and higher-level cognition. The emphasis throughout will be on understanding the nature of the underlying biological mechanisms, and how they give rise to characteristic cognitive phenomena.
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