PSY458 Fundamental Neuroscience

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. MUDr. Robert Roman, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. MUDr. Robert Roman, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
each even Tuesday 18:00–19:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce to the students the basic topics in neuroscience, ranging from the anatomy of the nervous system, the inner workings of neurons, to the function of brain systems that give rise to perception, thought, emotion, cognition and action.
Learning outcomes
After completion of the course student will be able to:
- describe basic anatomy of nervous system;
- define basic neurophysiological terms;
- explain neurophysiological mechanisms of perception, information processing, movement, memory and learning, behaviour, motivational systems, emotions and feelings;
- explain the relationship of defense behaviour and stress response to the aetiology of some mental diseases.
  • 1) Brain and behavior, environment of the neuron. Synapse.
  • 2) Information processing in the nervous system.
  • 3) Physiology of sensory organs. Somatosensory system.
  • 4) Motor system. Autonomic system.
  • 5) Learning and memory. Language. Functional asymmetry of the hemispheres
  • 6) Arousal mechanisms, sleep. Modulatory systems of the brain. Limbic forebrain and motivation.
  • 7) Implicit and explicit emotional processes.
    recommended literature
  • Neuroscience. Edited by Dale Purves. 6th ed., Oxford University Press, 2018, ISBN10 1605353809
  • PURVES, Dale. Principles of cognitive neuroscience. 2nd ed. Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Associates, 2013. xxii, 601. ISBN 9780878935734. info
  • Neuroscience. Edited by Dale Purves. 4th ed. Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer, 2008. xvii, 857. ISBN 9780878936977. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, self-study.
Assessment methods
Fundamental Neuroscience course is completed by a written test: the student write answers to three open questions within one hour. Every question will be assessed A-F. To pass the exam, student must obtain at least grade E in each assessed question. In the last part of the test student is required to draw selected anatomical structures into schemas of the brain.
The examination date will be specified during the last lecture.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Spring 2017, Spring 2018.
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