Cognitive Neuroscience of ConsciousnessSemester Course

Week-Long Study Tour
Core Course Week Study Tour
Corequisite Course(s)
Major Discipline(s)
Neuroscience, Psychology
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

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.

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Pre-Medicine / Health Science


Ana Lucía Cárdenas Egúsquiza

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.Sc. Research in Behavior and Cognition, University of Barcelona, 2019; B.Sc. Psychology, Cayetano Heredia University, 2016. PhD Candidate in Psychology, Aarhus University, 2020-present. Research Assistant, Universidad del Pacífico, 2016-2018. With DIS since 2023.

Maria Özden

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Certified MSc in psychology from University of Copenhagen, Denmark (major in clinical and neuropsychology). Main areas of interest are neural mechanisms underlying cognitive deficits following brain injury, neuropsychological rehabilitation, assessing disorders of consciousness and understanding the impact of culture in different populations. With DIS since 2022.

Claudia Carrara-Augustenborg

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen, 2013). M.Sc. (Psychology, University of Copenhagen, 2009). Research in the neural mechanisms that mediate and modulate human consciousness. With DIS since 2013.

Psychology, Claudia Carrara-Augustenborg