to propose a design for a cognitive neuroscience study on a topic that interests you.

The point of the assignment is to propose a design for a cognitive neuroscience study on a topic that interests you. You may choose your own topic, perhaps inspired by some other aspect of your degree. In the latter case you must be sure not to recycle work that has already been (or will shortly be) submitted for assessment (e.g., parts of your undergraduate prospect). Alternatively you may wish to base your work on a topic explicitly discussed in the lectures, for instance: Functional localisation of semantic/perceptual categories in the temporal cortex (faces, visual word forms, places, body parts, perception of voices, animate vs inanimate objects etc). Control mechanisms of the prefrontal cortex. Functional localisation of verbal and/or visual working memory. The role of the medial temporal lobes/hippocampus in episodic memory processes. The role of the medial temporal lobes/hippocampus in cognitive maps (the mental representation of space). The fractionation of semantic memory categories. The time course of activation of language areas in say, lexical access or retrieving the meaning of a word. The neural basis of literacy: the neuro-cognitive architecture of reading and/or spelling.

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