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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Gender equality

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student acquires the major information on the main Cognitive Neurosciences topics, such as perception, learning and memory, emotions and language. In particular, the student is able to: manage the information received; read and comprehend neuroscience papers; use this neuroscience background for bioinformatics.

Course contents

Introduction to neuroscience, methods and models, brain atlas. How brain receives information: sensory systems. How brain uses information: plasticity and memory. How brain responds: motor control and language.


Kandel ER, Schwartz JH, Jessell TM. Principle of neurosciences, 4° ed.

Purves D, et al., Neurosciences, 5° ed.

Articles and reviews will be provided to supplement these texts.

Teaching methods

Lectures and class discussion of scientific papers.

Assessment methods

The final exam consists of an oral interview, which will be the presentation and critical discussion of one of topics examined during the course, at student's choice, and subsequent verification of the basic knowledge on all the topics covered during the course.

Teaching tools

Power-point presentations will be used as teaching supports. All teaching material presented in class will be made available to students in electronic format.

Office hours

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