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From the start of the 2011/12 academic year the MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience will no longer be a collaborative programme with Birbeck college.  It will be run entirely at UCL with the course content and modules remaining the same.

The MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience is a degree programme offered by the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences.  The programme focuses on the relationship between the mind and the brain in healthy and brain-damaged individuals. Students will learn about the ideas, methodology, and current state of knowledge in cognitive neuroscience, a burgeoning field of study into the neural bases of mental processes. UCL is among the principal research centres in the world in this area and offers an ideal environment to study cognitive neuroscience. As a student on the programme, you will become part of this vibrant academic community.

The programme consists of eight taught modules (worth 15 credits each) and an empirical research project (worth 60 credits). During the taught modules, you will learn what cognitive neuroscience is, how mind-brain relations can be studied, what techniques are currently available to study brain structure and function, what is currently known about the neural underpinnings of a number of mental processes, and how mind-brain relations change across the life span and after neurological damage. The taught modules include case demonstrations of brain-damaged patients, insights into 'virtual' lesion approaches (transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulation), and experience with functional neuroimaging techniques. During the research project, you will be given the opportunity to collaborate with a local expert on a cognitive neuroscience experiment, and contribute to this exciting and rapidly developing field.



Patrick Haggard will be speaking at 'HowTheLightGetsIn 2014' the world's largest philosophy and music festival, this May. Bringing together world-leading scientists, musicians, philosophers and politicians including Roger Penrose, Bernard-Henri Levy, Laurie Penny, Lawrence Krauss, Saskia Sassen, David Nutt, Margaret Boden, Molotov Jukebox, Owen Jones, and Mr. Scruff for debates, talks, and wild parties, this year's programme uncovers the new heresies that might become the truths of the future


Patrick Haggard will be joining prize-winning physicist George Ellis and philosopher Jennifer Hornsby to debate whether free will is an illusion. For more info head to www.howthelightgetsin.org


Monday 28 Apr
Rachel Mitchell

Centre for Affective Disorders, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London
Mechanisms of normal and abnormal social cognition: vocal cues to emotion

Monday 12 May
Bahador Bahrami

Crowd Cognition Research Group, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL
Title: To be announced

Monday 19 May
Speaker: To be announced

Monday 02 Jun
Jonny Smallwood

Dept of Psychology, University of York
How the mind escapes the here and now: a component process account of self-generated thought

Monday 09 Jun
Tom Manly

MRC Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
Do you have spatial neglect when you are falling asleep? (probably)

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