Cambridge Graduate Programme

Cambridge Graduate Programme


First Year Theoretical Seminars programme

CBSU students are full members of the Cambridge Graduate Programme in Cognitive and Brain Sciences, which has been jointly established by the Unit and the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. This consists of a weekly series of theoretical seminars presented by senior researchers from the CBSU and from the University. Lectures will be held on Mondays 4.00- 5.30pm and the venue is now split between CBSU and the Department of Psychology. CBSU seminars are held in the West Wing Lecture Theatre at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, 15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge, CB2 7EF or in the Department of Psychology lectures on the Downing Site in central Cambridge. please check the venue carefully.

All seminars are held during Michaelmas and Lent terms only. These are compulsory for CBSU first year graduate students.

Please note – this is a teaching course exclusively for first-year graduate students from the CBSU and the University Depts. of Psychology & Psychiatry. If you are not in these groups but would like to attend please contact the organiser.

Note that there is no parking available on site at Chaucer Road.  Please do not park illegally on the road outside – in particular do not park on the verges or blocking the footpaths. Cycle racks are available.

Details of the Seminar Programme will be updated on this page and any changes in the programme, as well as any other information of interest, will be communicated via e-mail – it is therefore important that you e-mail the seminar administrator to ensure that your name is on the “Camgrads+” mailing list.

All public talks are publicised on the University talks website, which also contains an archive of older lectures.

Schedule of Lent term 2017  seminars:


Venue – MRC CBSU Lecture Theatre for first half of term:


23 Jan How to write good papers
Nikolaus Kriegeskorte (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit)
30 Jan Signal Detection Theory: What it is and why you need it (Please bring a calculator)
Bob Carlyon (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
06 Feb Theory in the cognitive and brain sciences
Dennis Norris (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit)
13 Feb Functional MRI: physics and physiology
Marta Correia and Danny Mitchell (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit)


Venue– the Nick Mackintosh Seminar Room in the Department of  Psychology on the Downing Site:


20 Feb How to make good scientific figures
Matt Davis (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit)
27 Feb Intelligence and the frontal lobes
John Duncan (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit)
06 Mar Connecting behavioural and neural levels of analysis
Rogier Kievit (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit)
13 Mar Developmental cognitive neuroscience
Joe Bathelt (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit)