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Models of Higher Brain Functions - Introduction



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Seit SoSe 2021

Fakultät IV

MAR 5-3

Institut für Softwaretechnik und Theoretische Informatik

34352100 FG Modellierung kognitiver Prozesse

Sprekeler, Henning

Sprekeler, Henning

POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
2346738 38168 Models of Higher Brain Functions - Introduction

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this module, participants will know: - the state-of-the-art models in these domains and their theoretical foundations. They will understand: - strengths and limitations of the different modeling approaches (e.g. bottom-up versus top-down) - the rationale behind models and their implementation - performance criteria and critical statistical tests. They will be able to: - modify models of cognitive processes - apply existing models to novel experimental paradigms, situations or data.


Theoretical Lecture & Analytic Tutorial: Computational models of - visual processing - attention - multisensory integration - decision making - behavioral learning (conditioning, reward learning) - motor control Programming Tutorial: - hands-on experience of the models covered in the lecture, by means of computer simulations in Python.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
Theoretical Lecture VL SS No information 2


1 from the following courses must be completed.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
Analytical Tutorial TUT SS No information 2
Programming Tutorial TUT SS No information 2

Workload and Credit Points

Analytical Tutorial (TUT):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Attendance 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Pre/post processing 15.0 6.0h 90.0h
120.0h(~4 LP)

Programming Tutorial (TUT):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Attendance 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Pre/post processing 15.0 6.0h 90.0h
120.0h(~4 LP)

Theoretical Lecture (VL):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Präsenzzeit 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Vor-/Nachbereitung 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
60.0h(~2 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The lecture part consists of teaching in front of the class. Participants are expected to rehearse topics before class using the recommended literature. In preparation for the exercises and tutorials they use, in addition, their class notes. Homework assignments are given on a regular basis, and must usually be solved within one week. These assignments cover analytical & mathematical exercises (Analytical Tutorial) as well as numerical simulations & programming exercises (Programming Tutorial). Working in small groups of two to three students is encouraged. Homework assignments and their solutions are discussed during the tutorial. In addition, selected topics presented during the lecture are rehearsed by the tutor as needed.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

- mathematical knowledge: Some acquaintance with analysis, linear algebra, probability calculus and statistics - basic knowledge about neurobiology and cognitive psychology - basic programming skills, preferably some knowledge of Python - good command of the English language

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

1. Requirement:
Programming Tutorial: complete 60% of the programming assignments  or
Analytical Tutorial: gain at least 60% of the points in the homework assignments

Module completion



Type of exam

Oral exam




30 min

Duration of the Module

This module can be completed in one semester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 30.

Registration Procedures

Students must enroll per e-mail (to: graduateprograms(at) before the fourth (4th) lecture took place. Registration must include the following information: name, email, study program and university, matriculation number, module components to be taken. Students of the Master program in Computational Neuroscience have to register for the final oral exam at least three working days prior to the examination date. Registration has to be done with the examination office (Prüfungsamt) of TU Berlin. For students from other programs, other regulations may apply. Please consult the examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) of your program. Note that the total number of participants in the three variants of this module (MHBF, MHBF: Theory and Simulation, MHBF: Introduction) is limited to 30 participants. Preference is given to students in the MSc Computational Neuroscience, for whom the module is mandatory.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

Availability:  unavailable

Electronical lecture notes

Availability:  available
Additional information:
Hinweis: Lecture notes and background information are available on the course page in Moodle (search for MHBF). Notes are password protected, please ask the coordination office for the password. Access procedures are explained to the students during the first class of each module component.


Recommended literature
"Cognitive Neuroscience - The Biology of the Mind", Gazzaniga, Ivry, Mangun
"Essentials of Cognitive Neuroscience", Postle
"The Student's Guide to Neuroscience", Ward

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