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Helmholtz program courses

Test Students will be assessed on their participation in the interactive lectures and on the assignments. Grades will be in the form of pass/fail.

Sensory Systems

Coordination: Dr. Martijn Mulder
Teachers: Dr. Martijn Mulder, local experts
Basic knowledge: Basic Neuroscience and Cognition
ECTS: 2
Form: Morning sessions: interactive lectures, assignments, experiments and presentations
Duration: 5 days spread over two weeks, plus preparation and assignments
Place/time/frequency: Bi-annually (even years)
Test: Students will be assessed on their participation in the interactive lectures and on the assignments. Grades will be in the form of pass/fail.
Literature: Topic-specific handouts
Description: Helmholtz experts will give highly interactive lectures, which will provide the students with an opportunity to increase their knowledge on specific sensory systems, with an emphasis on learning to recognize what different sensory systems have in common. This knowledge will be used in the different assignments.

Cognitive Neuropsychology

Coordination: Prof. dr. Albert Postma
Teachers: Prof. dr. Albert Postma, local experts
Basic knowledge: Basic Neuroscience and Cognition
ECTS: 2
Form: Morning sessions: interactive lectures, assignments, experiments and presentations
Duration: 5 days spread over two weeks, plus preparation and assignments
Place/time/frequency: Incorporated within the UU summerschool program; to be announced.
Test: Students will be assessed on their participation in the interactive lectures and on the assignments. Grades will be in the form of pass/fail.
Literature: Topic-specific handouts
Description: Cognitive Neuropsychology gives invaluable insights in how the human mind works and forms an indispensable instrument in modern Cognitive Neuroscience toolbox. The course spans 5 full days of lectures and practical work, in which cognitive neuropsychology research examples and methods are discussed and students have to do a number of practical research and writing assignments, including setting up and trying out their own cognitive neuropsychology experiment. Senior cognitive neuropsychologists give lectures and supervision.

Affective Neuroscience or a related topic

Coordination: Prof. dr. Jack van Honk
Teachers: Prof. dr. Jack van Honk, local experts
Basic knowledge: Basic Neuroscience and Cognition
ECTS: 2
Form: Morning sessions: interactive lectures, assignments, experiments and presentations
Duration: 5 days spread over two weeks, plus preparation and assignments
Place/time/frequency: This course is about to receive a make-over; updates will be posted here in due time.
Test: Students will be assessed on their participation in the interactive lectures and on the assignments. Grades will be in the form of pass/fail.
Literature: Topic-specific handouts
Description: The course covers principles and research in affective neuroscience.

Linear Systems Analysis

Coordination: Prof. dr. M.A. Frens (Neuroscience, Erasmus MC)
Teachers: Prof. dr. M.A. Frens, dr. I.Th.C. Hooge
Basic knowledge: Participants are expected to be familiar with high school algebra.
ECTS: 2
Form: Morning sessions: lectures; Afternoon sessions: exercises and simulations
Duration: 3 days plus preparation and assignments
Place/time/frequency: Rotterdam/ Anually (winter)
Test: To be announced,
Literature: D.A. Robinson: Systems Analysis in Oculomotor Control Systems.
Description: This course teaches the basic concepts of linear systems analysis, applied to neurosciences. The main topics are: differential equations, Fourier analysis, Laplace analysis, filtering, and feedback. Examples that are used will stem from neuro-physiology and psychophysics, but also from the daily routine of measuring and analyzing experimental data.
Our main goal is to help students without an extensive mathematical background overcome a fear for a quantitative approach of problems, and to show more theoretically oriented students the applications of systems analysis in biological control systems. We will make an effort to keep the course material in relation to daily experimental problems.