This course will provide students with a state-of-the-art introduction to sensorimotor task performance and the role of attention in this process. This is achieved by explaining how perception, action, and attention mechanisms characterized at a functional level are linked to brain activity, neural circuits, and genetic variation, and how these mechanisms are engaged in sensorimotor task performance.
|Contents (Inhoud / Omschrijving)
Neurobiological aspects. The course will provide a detailed overview of the neurobiological basis of the hierarchically organized human sensorimotor and attentional systems, including ventral and dorsal streams for perception and action, the cortical and subcortical structures underlying alerting, orienting, and the executive control of perceptually guided action, corresponding neurotransmitter systems, and attention-related genes.
Functional aspects. We will address key aspects of sensorimotor task performance and their relation to the attentional functions of alerting, orienting, and executive control; the relations among attention, working memory, and intelligence; ventral and dorsal streams for perception and action; internal forward and inverse models; performing Stroop-like tasks, task switching, and dual-task performance; perception-action coupling, ideomotor theory and mirror neurons; attention and automaticity; errors and performance monitoring; attention and consciousness.
Theoretical/quantitative aspects. Part of the course will address the computational and mathematical modeling of sensorimotor task performance and the role of attention. We will emphasize analysis of performance distributions rather than mean performance measures.
Additional aspects. We will discuss evidence from response times and their distributions, performance errors, eye-tracking, lesion-deficit analysis, animal neurophysiology, and human imaging (EEG, MEG, fMRI, TMS, and genetic imaging). Where relevant, implications of theories, models, and empirical findings for applied and clinical research issues will be discussed.
Lecture notes and syllabus containing relevant articles from top-quality journals.
- Prinz, W., & Hommel, B. (Eds.) (2002). Common Mechanisms in Perception and Action: Attention and Performance XIX. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
- Monsell, S., & Driver, J. (Eds.) (2000). Control of Cognitive Processes: Attention and Performance XVIII. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Posner, M. I. (Ed.) (2004). Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention. The Guilford Press: New York.
|Teaching methods (Werkvormen)
Lectures, demonstrations, and student assignments
Coordinator: A. Roelofs, lecturers: A. Roelofs, F.P. de Lange
|Exam information (Toetsinformatie)
Written exam Monday, July 2, 2012; 10.45-12.30
|Enrollment ( Inschrijving college )
via STUDENT PORTAL untill 5 working days before the start of the course
Note this course is for CNS students only. Non-CNS students can contact Yvonne Schouten () or Arno Koning ().
|Extra information (Bijzonderheden)
February 2, - June 28, 2012 Thursday 10.45-12.30