Brain, Learning and Memory
Full course description
There has been a rapid increase in our understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying the consolidation of new information and its subsequent retrieval. Both data from preclinical research in animal models and in preclinical human models and neuroimaging experiments will be used in this course, together with seminal experiments in patients. Recent theories and experimental data illustrate how a multidimensional view of learning and memory can help elucidate the relevant mechanisms in terms of neurobiology, neurochemistry and cognition. The influences of drugs on information processing and memory are also discussed in depth.
- students are able to remember and understand the role of the hippocampus in memory functions, the role of other limbic structures in learning and memory, the role of neurotransmitters as drug targets in learning and memory;
- students are able to evaluate the use of various methods (e.g. lesions, animal models, cognitive tasks) in learning and memory research.