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Neuroscience of Emotions and Social Cognition

Learn about the significance of emotions in various cognitive processes and social cognition in this free online course

Publisher: NPTEL
In this free online course, you will learn about the significance of emotions in social interactions, the categories of emotions, and the neural mechanism for emotion processing. You will also learn about the cognitive processes that facilitate social behaviour, the neural structures that support these cognitive processes and the concept of empathy. This course will be beneficial to anyone interested in the field of neuroscience or psychology.
Neuroscience of Emotions and Social Cognition
  • Duration

    3-4 Hours
  • Students

    1,392
  • Accreditation

    CPD

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Outcome

Certification

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Description

In this free online course, you will learn about the significance of emotions in social interactions and the influence of emotions on cognitive processes such as learning, attention, perception, and more. You will also learn about the cognitive processes that facilitate social behaviour and the neural mechanism behind it. The course begins by defining the concept of emotions and examining the basic physiological components of emotions in general. 

Next, the neural structures that support the processing of emotions will be analyzed. The categories of emotions and the influence of emotions on learning, attention, perception and other cognitive processes will be discussed. The next part of the course will focus on the anatomical substrates of social cognition. The individual regions of the brain and their role in the perception of the sense of self will be explained.  

Finally, the concept of the theory of mind and empathy will be discussed. You will study how social knowledge and the role the orbitofrontal cortex plays in enabling proper social interaction in individuals. This course will be of interest to students studying neuroscience, psychology or any related fields. It will also be beneficial to those who simply want to better understand how the brain works to improve their knowledge. Start this course today.

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