How does the brain support our unique human ability to communicate, and how do we study the communicating brain? Students in the module explore these questions through foundational courses, research talks and activities, and a module course that covers neuroscience techniques and includes hands-on experience running an EEG study.
This module provides students with an understanding of the current knowledge on how the human brain gives rise to communication, with a focus on the state-of-the-art methods used to study questions related to the neural basis of typical and atypical communication. Across module activities, emphasis will be placed on practical use of current methods for studying the brain and their translational clinical potential, with the goal of providing a strong foundation for students pursuing medical or clinical professions (audiologist, physician, speech-language pathologist) or further study and research in neuroscience or communication sciences and disorders. A new seminar course designed for the module is required, which involves in-depth study of various human cognitive neuroscience tools and an experiential learning opportunity, as students work as a team to design, execute, and analyze their own cognitive neuroscience experiment. In sum, this module will provide students the opportunity to gain a deep appreciation for the tools we use to study the brain and how it gives rise to typical and atypical communication abilities.