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CGS671A:NEURAL BASIS OF LEARNING AND MEMORY

Course Description

The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with some background in cognitive science, about theories of learning and memory. Historically, how have they been investigated and how do recent advancements in neuroimaging allow a better understanding of the mechanism underlying these mental processes.

    Course Content

    1. The psychology of learning and memory
    2. The neuroscience of learning and memory
    3. Episodic and semantic memory: memory for facts and events
    4. Skill memory: learning by doing
    5. Working memory and executive control
    6. Non-associative learning
    7. Classical conditioning
    8. Instrumental conditioning: learning the consequences of behaviour
    9. Generalization, discrimination, and the representation of similarity
    10. Observational learning: watching, listening, and remembering    

    Course Audience

    The course is intended for PG students pursuing a degree in Cognitive Science.

    Outcomes of this Course

    By the end of the course, students should be familiar with the neural basis of learning and memory, as well as theories of learning and memory, with a focus on recent work in the field.