Volledige vakbeschrijvingThe importance of neuroscientific research within the field of psychology steadily increases, in part due to the development of research techniques that allow to study in vivo the structure and function of the human brain. At a high pace, neural systems and mechanisms are revealed that are ultimately responsible for even the most complex aspects of human experience, cognition and behaviour. This implies that psychology students nowadays need to have a thorough understanding of the structural and functional organisation of the brain. In recent decennia it has become clear that specific behaviours and abilities can not be linked simply to specific brain structures. Instead, behavioural abilities are implemented in brain-wide systems – the components of which are located throughout the brain at all structural levels: cortical, subcortical and brain stem. The integrated functioning of these distributed brain structures gives rise to functional systems, e.g., sensory systems, motor systems, memory systems, action selection systems, affective systems, etc.. You will explore several of these functional neural systems through six education group meetings. Each of the group meetings will focus on a particular functional unit. Special attention will be devoted to the integration of the distinctive structures into a functional system. You will learn how the interrelated functions are structurally and functionally implemented, with what means it can be studied and what consequences damage or dysfunction have for behaviour and psychological well-being. In order to achieve this it is important to know where these structures are located within the brain, as well as how they are interconnected. To create an optimal blending of structural and functional knowledge of brain structures the course comprises, in addition to the six more theoretically oriented group sessions, four practical meetings (IPN2133 - Practical Neuroanatomy). In the practical meetings the theoretical knowledge is complemented by hands-on explorations of the complex 3D form of the brain and the interrelated positioning of parts of the functional system within it.
Doelstellingen van dit vakThe aim of the course is to get a general understanding of the functional and structural organisation of several functional subsystems in the brain. You should acquire the correct neuroanatomical terminology. You should understand the macroscopic organisation of the human brain. You should be able to parcellate the brain into its large- scale distributed functional subsystems. You should understand the functional and structural organisation of these subsystems.
28 okt 2019
20 dec 2019
Taal van de opleiding:Engels
Onderwijsmethode:Assignment(s), Lecture(s), Work in subgroups
Evaluatiemethoden:Attendance, Written exam
Trefwoorden:Brain organisation, brain networks, basal ganglia, limbic system, cerebellum, cerebral cortex, brain stem, neural regulation.