[Comp-neuro] MSc in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience

Jim Stone j.v.stone at sheffield.ac.uk
Tue May 15 14:54:08 CEST 2007

Subject: MSc in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience

We are pleased to announce a new MSc:

     Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience

This MSc is associated with the Centre for Signal Processing in
Neuroimaging and Systems Neuroscience (SPiNSN) based in the Department of
Psychology at the University of Sheffield, UK.

The course is full time for one year, and is due to start in September 2007.

What is Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience?

Cognitive and computational neuroscience provide the foundation for
understanding the relationship between brain function and the cognitive,
perceptual and motor mechanisms which underpin behaviour.  Specifically,
computational neuroscience utilises neuroscientific data to construct
rigorous computational models of brain function, whereas cognitive
neuroscience relates cognitive and behavioural function to its underlying
neural substrate.  Together, these new and interdependent disciplines
provide the foundation for meeting one of the key scientific 'Grand
Challenges' of the twenty-first century: elucidating the relationship
between brain and behaviour.

Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at Sheffield

The Department of Psychology at Sheffield University has a strong track
record in both computational neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience.
Recently, this strength has been consolidated by the creation of the Centre
for Signal Processing in Neuroimaging and Systems Neuroscience.  Areas of
special interest include: the neurobiology and cognitive neuroscience of
action selection; oculomotor control and the cerebellum; memory and
learning; the neural basis of addiction; sensory control of dopamine; the
rat somatosensory pathway; automatic and controlled processing.
Investigative techniques include, anatomical tracing, multi-electrode
electrophysiology, optical imaging, behavioural observation, computational
modelling at several levels of description (from the biophysics of neural
membranes to neural populations) and robotics.  This diverse range of
research interests and techniques ensures a rich and vibrant research
environment for students studying on the course.

Who Should Apply?

The basic requirement is a degree or equivalent qualification, normally at
the level of an upper second class honours award.  We encourage
applications from students with a background in either life sciences or
mathematical/physical sciences.  If your existing training is in the life
sciences then you will be able to take advantage of specially designed
mathematics and programming classes as well as instruction in the relevant
applied mathematics integrated into specific modules.  If you have a
qualification in mathematics, engineering, or the physical sciences then
you will benefit from the introductory course in neuroscience that ensures
all students have the same foundation in this area.

For more details see:
http://www.shef.ac.uk/psychology/prospectivepg/ccn_masters.html which
includes application procedures, and sample course material.

Dr Jim Stone,
Psychology Department, Sheffield University, Sheffield, S10 2TP, UK.
Tel: 0114 2226522. http://jim-stone.staff.shef.ac.uk/

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