Visual Neuroscience (5 cr) – A joint course between Aalto and University of Helsinki
Update 16.3.2020: The last two lectures will be organized remotely at the usual lecture time. The student presentations are replaced by minireports done in the student groups. Please follow this page for updates.
PSYK-421 Functioning of sensory systems: Visual Neuroscience (University of Helsinki)
NBE-E4530 Special Course in Human Neuroscience: Visual Neuroscience (Aalto University)
Vision is one of the most studied and best understood disciplines in neuroscience. This course aims to give an introduction to current research methods and knowledge in visual neuroscience. The lecturers are active researchers that use behavioral/psychophysical,
modelling, brain imaging and neurophysiological methods. Each gives one lecture on their own speciality topic (such as low-level processing, colour vision or cortical functional specification) with an emphasis on explaining research methods. The course
will give a comprehensive view of visual information processing at different levels and brain regions and how various research methods can be used to investigate visual information processing.
Teaching time: Fridays 14.15–16.00
Teaching period: 7.2.–3.4.2020 (no teaching: 21.2., 6.3.)
Teaching place: Biomedicum, sh.3, Haartmaninkatu 8 (Meilahti), Helsinki
Teachers-in-charge: Linda Henriksson (Aalto) & Ilmari Kurki (UH)
Course completion requires participation in the seminar meetings, completion of quizzes on pre-reading materials, writing a learning diary and preparing & preparing a minireport in small group
giving a short (15 minute) presentation in small group in the last contact teaching session. Grades 0-5 on the basis of quiz answers and the minireport presentation.
7.2. Linda Henriksson (Aalto): Introduction to human visual system and brain imaging
14.2. Petri Ala-Laurila (Aalto): From Photons to Behavior: Resolving Neural Codes and Visual Processing at the Sensitivity Limit of Vision
28.2. Maria Olkkonen (UH & Durham): Neural mechanisms of color perception
13.3. Ilmari Kurki (UH): Spatial vision and perceptual organization
20.3. Viljami Salmela (UH): Precision of working memory representations and decoding of working memory content
27.3. Markku Kilpeläinen (UH): Eye movements and attention
Aalto University: https://oodi.aalto.fi/a/opettaptied.jsp?OpetTap=1141177821
University of Helsinki: https://weboodi.helsinki.fi/hy/opettaptied.jsp?OpetTap=130838170
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