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The subject explores the complexities of integrated neuroscience by focusing on examples of major sensory systems, and on complex brain functions involved in language, numeracy and other areas of cognition. These processes are considered from the perspective of normal brain operation, the organisation of neural circuitry and from an examination of the abnormalities underlying neurological disorders.
Intended learning outcomes
The students should:
1. Develop a deep insight into how the brain performs some of its complex functions.
2. Develop an awareness of the major research achievements in understanding complex brain functions and the major outstanding questions.
3. Become familiar with the range of technologies and cutting-edge research for investigating brain operation.
4. Understand the organisation of brain circuits and the interactions of regional brain responses, through exploration of normal and clinical neuroscience settings.
Students should have the opportunity to enhance their capacity to integrate and communicate knowledge from a wide variety of technological origins and theoretical stances. On completion of this subject, students should have developed their capacity for independent critical thought, rational enquiry and self-directed learning.
Last updated: 15 February 2020