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neu220 - Neurocognition and Psychopharmacology (Complete module description)
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Module label Neurocognition and Psychopharmacology
Module abbreviation neu220
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
3 SWS Lecture (VO) "Introd. to Cognitive Neuroscience" and "Psychopharmacol." Total workload 135h: 45h contact/ 45 background reading/ 45h exam preparation 1 SWS Supervised excercise (UE) Total workload 45h: 14h contact/ 31h paper reading
Institute directory Department of Neurosciences
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master's Programme Molecular Biomedicine (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) > Background Modules
Responsible persons
  • Thiel, Christiane Margarete (module responsibility)
  • Thiel, Christiane Margarete (Module counselling)
  • Thiel, Christiane Margarete (authorised to take exams)
  • Gießing, Carsten (authorised to take exams)
Skills to be acquired in this module

++ Neurosci. knowlg. + Expt. methods Independent research + Scient. literature + Social skills
++ Interdiscipl. knowlg. Maths/Stats/Progr. + Data present./disc. + Scientific English Ethics

Upon successful completion of this course, students
know the fundamentals of neurotransmission
know the basic neural mechanisms underlying attention, learning, emotion, language and
executive functions
understand the relationship between disturbances in neurotransmitter systems, cognitive
functions and psychiatric disease
know the priniciples of drug treatement for psychiatric disorders
have in-depth knowledge in selected areas of these topics
are able to understand, explain and critically assess neuroscientific approaches in animals and
are able to understand and critically assess published work in the area of cognitive neurosciene
Module contents
The lecture "Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience" gives a short introduction into neuroanatomy and cognitive neuroscience methods and
then covers different cognitive functions.
Lecture topics:
History of cognitive neuroscience
Methods of cognitive neuroscience
Executive functions.
The supervised excersise either deepens that knowledge by excersises or discussions of recent papers/ talks on the respective topic covered
during that week.
The lecture "Psychopharmacology" illustrates the connection between neurotransmitters and behaviour and its links to psychiatric disease.The
lecture contains several interactive parts to consolidate and critically evaluate the acquired knowledge.
Lecture topics:
Introduction to Terms and Definitions in Drug Research
Dopaminergic and Noradrenergic System
Cholinergic and Serotonergic System
GABAergic and Glutamatergic System
Alzheimer's Disease
Recommended reading
Ward J (2010) The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience. Psychology Press
Meyer JS and Quenzer LF (2012) Psychopharmacology. Sinauer
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity 30 (
Recommended in combination with neu210 "Neurosensory Science and Behaviour", neu300 "Functional MRI data analysis" Shared course components with (cannot be credited twice): bio610 and psy181 (5.02.614 "Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience", 5.02.615 "Psychopharmacology")
Reference text
Course in the second half of the semester
Regular active participation is required to pass the module.
Type of course Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 3 -- 42
Exercises 1 -- 14
Total module attendance time 56 h
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
as agreed, usually in the break after the winter term
100% written exam (content of the lectures)