Duration: 2 years
Language of study: English
ECTS credits: 120
Our Master's program offers advanced and combined cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience and modeling. For thousands of years, human beings have been puzzled by the mysteries of animal and human behavior: how do memories, emotions, cognition or consciousness actually work? Only relatively recently we started to understand the specific molecular, physiological and cognitive mechanisms underlying our behavior. This MS Program focuses on contemporary research. Students attend lectures in English and practice in the leading laboratories of Moscow and our European partners. The program has strong links with research labs in Moscow's academic institutes. Leading scientists supervise students' practical training and the writing of a Master's thesis in the second year. The program is carried out in close cooperation with the École normale supérieure and Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University.
Cognitive psychology. Modern cognitive psychology is an experimental discipline in which we study the origins and functioning of the mind, brain, and intelligence. Our Program is focused on perception, the control of attention and motor responses, the formation of mental representations, the dynamics of memory retrieval, learning, cognitive development and cognitive breakdown, the mechanisms of reasoning, language, and problem solving.
Cognitive neuroscience. Cognitive neuroscience examines the neural systems underlying complex behaviors like emotions, language, attention, memory etc., so cognitive neuroscience integrates both psychology and neuroscience. Methods employed in cognitive neuroscience include experimental paradigms from psychophysics and cognitive psychology, neurology and psychiatry, electrophysiological studies of neural systems and, increasingly, cognitive genomics and behavioral genetics. Recent breakthroughs in brain imaging technology allow cognitive neuroscientists to see a live human brain at work using state-of-the-art methods like functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magneto and electroenclaphalography (MEG, EEG), or near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), to name a few.
Students have access to the hi-end research methods.