This course will approach cognitive neuroscience from a clinical, neurological perspective. We will
examine how different disorders of the brain can affect a wide range of cognitive functions and what
the study of cognitive disorders can contribute to our understanding of normal cognitive processes.
In order to understand better the world of cognitive disorders, we will start with a general overview
of brain diseases, with a particular emphasis on stroke and neurodegeneration, the two most common
pathological processes affecting human cognition. We will then discuss in more detail aphasias and
dementias, as disorders affecting predominantly language and memory respectively. We will also
look at disorders of visuo-spatial functions, executive functions and social cognition.