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Introduction to Cognitive

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Course Description

This course is an introductory graduate level overview of cognitive neuroscience.  The course will cover basics in history, neuroanatomy, methods of cognitive neuroscience, sensation and perception, control of action, learning and memory, emotion, language, attention, drugs and cognition, impulsivity, cognitive control, social cognition, and neurobiology of disease.  The intent is to provide students with fundamental knowledge of how the brain relates to cognitive functions and how this may help in understanding and treatment of human diseases that affect the central nervous system.


Short quizzes at the start of each class on the readings and three in-class (non-cumulative) examinations on the readings and lecture material will be used to assess the student’s acquisition of material.  Final grades will be assigned based on quiz and exam performance.

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Required Textbook

Gazzaniga, M. S., Ivry, R. B., Mangun, G. R. & Steven, M.S. (2009). Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind. (3rd Edition). New York, NY: Norton.  This textbook can be ordered through the UTHealth Bookstore, and it is also available online at

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