Full course description
A key element in the current understanding of behavioural organisation is executive control. At present, a redefinition of related concepts and a rapid expansion of our knowledge are taking place, based on insights from cognitive neuroscience. Based on data from imaging studies, the behavioural and computational models of cognitive mechanisms are being restructured. Throughout the course, emphasis will be on mechanisms of control, such as motor control needed for movement, and cognitive control (or executive function) to bias the selection of action and thoughts to achieve our goals. Various experimental approaches are evaluated and discussed in the light of recent literature. Experts in the field of cognitive and motor control research will present their current work, and students will be able to discuss their own papers and topics with them.
Students will be able to understand:
motor and cognitive control (executive functions) and brain structures involved in these types of control.