Biological Sciences (Biology), Health Promotion, Psychology
Open to Non-UHCL Applicants:
Neuroscience is one of the most exciting and fastest growing scientific fields and lends itself to be studied across many disciplines. It can provide insights into a myriad of aspects including consciousness, emotional processing, dysfunctional brain circuits and psychopathology, and neurobiological perspectives on creativity.
Despite decades of scientific research and centuries of philosophical analysis, consciousness remains one of the greatest scientific challenges of our time. What is consciousness and which brain mechanisms shape the unique sense of self, implicit in all our thoughts and perceptions? How can we transform the subjectivity of human experience to an objective topic of research? Through the lenses of behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, we explore both conceptual and methodological perspectives of relevance to the study of human consciousness. We critically analyze the obstacles and challenges inherent to the study of consciousness.
How do we understand creativity and the brain? This course asks you to explore and debate human creativity through neurobiological, cognitive, and psychological perspectives. Main topics include discussions of the definition of creativity, psychological and cognitive profiles of creative individuals, functional neuroanatomy, the neurochemistry of the creative processes, the neural correlates of creative thought, cognitive processes and lastly, cognitive strategies for optimizing creative output.
Learn how the brain’s physiology is affected in different psychiatric disorders and under the influence of various psychoactive drugs. Course topics are approached from a biological, chemical, and physiological perspective. Study concepts including neurotransmitters, basic neurobiology, psychiatric disorders, and psychoactive drugs.
Core Course Study Tours
This program travels on Study Tours to the following destinations:
Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness:
Week-Long Study Tour: Florence
Core Course Week: Denmark
Cognitive Neuroscience of Creativity:
Week-Long Study Tour: United Kingdom
Core Course Week: Denmark
Psychopharmacology: Substances and the Brain:
Week-Long Study Tour: Frankfurt-Heidelberg or Munich
Core Course Week: Southern Sweden or Denmark
Early in the semester, you delve into your academic focus during Core Course Week, in which you travel on a short Study Tour for three days in Denmark or a neighboring country, combined with a two-day seminar in Copenhagen. Later in the semester, you travel again with your Core Course on a week-long Study Tour in Europe.
While on tour, theories learned in the classroom come to life by meeting with professionals and experts in your field who contribute to furthering your understanding of course topics. Study Tours are hands-on and experiential, combining theory with practice, and expose you to additional cultural perspectives. You have the opportunity to visit sites and experts in your field of interest that you may not otherwise have access to.
Add elective courses to complement your Core Course at DIS Copenhagen. You decide how to build your course load based on your needs and interests!
Electives range across disciplines and include research, workshops, studios, and even Exploration Electives, which come with a travel component.