August 4 to 20, 2015Last update: 2 March, 2015

Cognitive Neuroscience

The University of Helsinki , Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU) , Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
August 4 to 20, 2015
640 EUR Read more
Ms. Meri Pihlajavaara, ibs-int(at)


Students will be selected to this course in two batches. The first deadline is March 15, 2015. In case there are still places left after this selection, a second deadline will take place on April 30, 2015.

Target Students

Students at Master's and doctoral levels in psychology, cognitive science, speech science, musicology, neuroscience, linguistics, medicine and biology.


The human brain and its ability to adapt to the demands of the environment is at the core of our course. This course is particularly useful for students who wish to gain knowledge about the most recent developments in auditory cognitive neuroscience in particular.

The course programme focuses on brain functions in the framework of neuroplasticity, including lectures on cognition, emotion and social neuroscience. The course consists of tutorials on brain research methods and lectures about current topics. There are several demonstrations on practical laboratory work with modern brain imaging techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The students also have an opportunity to introduce their projects and research outcomes in poster sessions.

Learning Objectives

The course will enable students to understand the theoretical principles, promises and limitations of modern brain research methods. They will gain hands-on experience in data acquisition and analyses. They will also learn about the most recent advances in using these methods in order to better understand human cognition and learning particularly in the domains of language and music.

Course format and teaching methods

Lectures, team work, hands-on training with brain research methods, poster sessions.

Teachers and lecturers

The lecturers will include the following international experts of the field:

  • Prof. Mehav Ahissar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Prof. Matt Davis, MRC, Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU), Cambridge, U.K.
  • Prof. Nadine Gaab, Childern's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
  • Prof. Heikki Lyytinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Prof. Yury Shtryrov, Århus University, Denmark
  • Prof. Marc Schönwiesner, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Dr. Jan Wikgren, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

The list of the lecturers (including the teachers of the brain research method tutorials and practical demonstrations) will be updated in March.

Means and criteria of assessment

Learning diary

Grading: Pass/Fail

More information?

Please direct any questions concerning the content of this course to the coordinator, Ms. Meri Pihlajavaara, ibs-int(at)

Any questions on the general arrangements (applying, accommodation, payments, etc.) should be addressed to the Summer School's office at summer-school(at)