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Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience - Course full

Organiser:

University of Helsinki, Cicero Learning and Cognitive Brain Research Unit and Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind

 

Related Degree Programmes:

Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind

Master’s Programme in Neuroscience

Dates:

8.-18.8.2017

Prices:

690-990 EUR Learn more

Credits:

6 ECTS

Coordinator:

Mari Tervaniemi

Target Students

Students at Master’s and doctoral levels in psychology, cognitive science, speech science, musicology, neuroscience, linguistics, educational and learning sciences and biology are encouraged to apply.

Synopsis

The human brain and its ability to adapt to the demands of the environment is at the core of our course. This course is useful for students who wish to gain knowledge about the most recent developments in auditory cognitive neuroscience in particular. In this framework, the 2017 course is focused on learning and developing brain.

The course programme focuses on brain functions in the framework of neuroplasticity, including lectures on cognition, emotion and social neuroscience. The course consists of tutorials on brain research methods and lectures about current topics. There are several demonstrations on practical laboratory work with modern brain imaging techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The students also have an opportunity to introduce their projects and research outcomes in poster sessions.

Learning objectives

The course will enable students to understand the theoretical principles, promises and limitations of modern brain research methods. The students will gain hands-on experience in data acquisition and analyses. They will also learn about the most recent advances in using these methods in order to better understand human cognition and learning particularly in the domains of language and music.

Course format and teaching methods

Lectures, team work, hands-on training with brain research methods, poster sessions, and learning diary.

Means and criteria of assessment

Learning diary; Pass/Fail

Course Schedule

Location: City Centre Campus

Monday August 7, 2017 
Arrival in Helsinki

Tuesday August 8, 2017
HSS Opening ceremony & Welcome Party (afternoon)

Wednesday August 9, 2017
9:00 Research director Mari Tervaniemi & Doc. Minna Huotilainen (UH): Introduction to the Summer School
10:00 Mr. Miika Leminen, M.Sc. (UH): Introduction to brain research methods, part 1
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Mr. Miika Leminen, M.Sc. (UH): Introduction to brain research methods, part 2
15:00 Poster session I

Thursday August 10, 2017
9:00 Learning group meeting
10:00  Dr. Eino Partanen (UH): Methodologies in developmental music studies
12:00 Lunch break
13:00  Dr. Paula Virtala (UH): Auditory neurocognition and its development
15:00 Poster session II

Friday August 11, 2017
9:00 Learning group meeting
10:00  Dr. Sari Ylinen (UH): Training the brain with speech and language
12:00 Lunch break
13:00  Professor Elvira Brattico, Aarhus University: Reward and learning in the brain

Monday August 14, 2017
9:00 Learning group meeting
10:00 Lecture: Dr. Stefan Elmer, University of Zurich: Speech and music processing, learning, and expertise 1
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Lecture: Dr. Stefan Elmer, University of Zurich: Speech and music processing, learning, and expertise 2

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Full day: Methods 1, 2 (lab demonstrations and training)

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Full day: Methods 3, 4 (lab demonstrations and training)

Thursday August 17, 2017
Full day: Methods 5, 6 (lab demonstrations and training)

Friday August 18, 2017
9:00 Feedback of the course
10:00 Doc. Minna Huotilainen (UH): Brain research methods – past and future
12:00 Lunch break
13:00  Research Director Mari Tervaniemi (UH): Auditory cognitive neuroscience in future?
15:00  Farewell

 
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