Unit 5: Cognition

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Cognition, general resources

  • Genes to Cognition Online by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. resource provided by Prof. White under the link to General Resources in the course Medical Neuroscience. A very useful 3D model of the brain with description of various brain structures, associated functions, associated cognitive disorders, substructures, research reviews, etc. Useful for Unit 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and in the preparation for the Functional Anatomy Exam and the Comprehensive Final Exam. This video on Using G2C Online is useful to watch.

Anatomical aspects of cognition


  • Sketch of a memory. Learn about the processes of memory and watch as a woman remembers her first date in this video. Brain Awareness Video Contest 2013 of the SfN by Xavier Viñals and África Flores from Pompeu Fabra University in Catalonia, Spain.

Cognition in relation to deficits, damage and disease

  • An introductory video on cognition in relation to mental illness.: The Brain’s Inner Workings part II: Cognition by NIMH (National Institute for Mental Health
  • Treasure Hunt a video on Broca’s aphasia, Brain Awareness Video Contest 2011 of the SfN by Shiree Heath a graduate student at The University of Queensland in Australia.
  • National Institutes of Health A-Z of brain diseases and disorders
    List of more than 400 neurological disorders from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, with summaries of symptom descriptions, treatment options and prognosis,  information about ongoing research on causes, diagnosis, and potential therapies

Sleep and Wakefulness

  • One Family, Different Clocks a video on biological clocks. Brain Awareness Video Contest 2012 of the SfN by Jaime Tartar and Tatiana Viena from Nova Southeastern University.  Their video won second place in the 2012 Brain Awareness Video Contest and was voted the fan favorite in the People’s Choice Contest.
  • The benefits of a good night’s sleep – Shai Marcu

Limbic forebrain

Neurobiology of emotion

Neurobiology of addiction


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