Functional Neuroscience - N track

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode WMBC006-05
Vaknaam Functional Neuroscience - N track
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Functional Neuroscience - N track
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1. Describe the brain as an integrative system in terms of functional neuroscience and neuroanatomy. (Block 1)
2. Describe and relate the available methods to measure and evaluate brain function in terms of functional neuroscience and neuroanatomy. (Block 1)
3. Critically read & discuss recent scientific literature related to functional neuroscience. (Block 1)
4. Present an in depth review/assessment of a scientific article. (Block 1)
5. Conduct an fMRI experiment. (Block 2)
6. Identify and correlate regional brain functions using data obtained from an fMRI experiment. (Block 2)
7. Present an fMRI experiment in terms of experimental setup, methodology, results and conclusions both orally & in writing. (Block 2)
Omschrijving Subject matters from the book Bear et al (Exploring the Brain) 4th edition and additional reading provided by teachers

• Block 1: A comprehensive course in neurophysiology. In the first week of this block a combination of neurophysiology and neuroanatomy teaching is given that covers basic knowledge. This section on basic knowledge is completed with a test composed of short factual questions.
Next an introduction in technologies to measure brain activity and function in vivo will be provided. These lectures are supplemented with additional scientific articles related to the presented topics that are provided and will be discussed. At the end of the block, students will demonstrate their obtained knowledge and their ability to apply this knowledge by presenting 1 scientific paper in depth in a journal club presentation.

• Block 2: fMRI practical. The fMRI module provides a useful extension on the neurophysiological and functional neuroanatomical subjects of the first part of the course. The goal is to conduct the complete cycle of an fMRI experiment, i.e. from stimulus preparation via data acquisition to data analysis using spm2 and presentation of results. Students will be devided into groups of 4 persons. During block 2 of the course each group will give two 20 min presentations and write an article describing their experiment and the results.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC)
(Self Study (19 hrs), LC (33 hrs), ASM 31 HRS), PRC (58 hrs) 90% of lectures and practicals should be attended. Upon gross absence (more than 40%) the test can not be done. If the practicals are unsufficiently attended, students need to do a repair assignment.)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Verslag (R)
(The test contains open questions. Students deliver a journal club presentation. Within block 2, the fMRI part of the course, an assignment is given. Final grade: 20% exam, 50% presentation, 30% block 2 including final report fMRI. The final grade is used to determine if students pass.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. S.M. Kooistra
Docent(en) prof. dr. A. Aleman ,prof. dr. H.W.G.M. Boddeke ,dr. J.R. Georgiadis ,dr. J.P.K. Halbertsma ,prof. dr. N.M. Jansonius ,dr. J.B.C. Marsman ,prof. dr. ir. N.M. Maurits ,dr. T.A. Otter-Drost ,dr. R.J. Renken ,dr. P.M. Schoonen , S.J. van Tuinen-Pyott ,dr. C.A.T. Zijdewind
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Neuroscience, exploring the brain 4th Bear, Connors and Paradiso 9781451109542 €  43,00
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from LS&T and/or Biology. This course is available for BCN research master students only.
Opmerkingen The Functional Neuroscience course in the N-track will overlap partially with the Functional Neuroscience course in the C-track. In the second half of the course, both the N and the C-track students will learn how to run an fMRI experiment.
41 hrs lectures
14 hrs practicum
50 hrs PGO = fMRI course

Lecturers are: S.M. Kooistra, P. Schoonen, Georgiadis, Aleman, Otter-Drost, de Jong, Doorduin, Cornelissen, Jansonius, Maurits, Pyott, Halbertsma, Renken, Marsman, Zijdewind, Kooistra
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Behavioural Neurosciences  (Electives: courses from other tracks) 2 semester I a keuze
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Cognitive Neuroscience & Modelling  (Electives: courses from other tracks) 2 semester I a keuze
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Molecular & Clinical Neurosciences  (Compulsory course units) 1 semester I a verplicht
MSc Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment (MMIT) - semester I a keuzegroep