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Cognitive Neuroscience: Information Processing and Consciousness
The module starts with an introduction of cellular physiology in the nervous system as basis for information processing, especially with regard to micro- and macroanatomical organizational principles of cortical information processing and representation. Theories and empirical studies of signal processing in neuronal networks as the basis of cognitive processes such as learning and memory processes will be introduced. This includes in particular computer simulation models and neurocognitive methods. The module further covers theoretical foundations and practical applications of neurocognitive processes in the fields of working memory, mental imagery, long-term memory, and emotion processing. Theories and empirical data on the realization of human consciousness functions are introduced and discussed, as well as disturbances of consciousness in psychopathologies and the study of induced consciousness alterations.