_(c)SanderMartens_9197_MariekeVanVugtI teach several courses in the Artificial Intelligence Bachelor and Master’s programs at the University of Groningen.

Computational Cognitive Neuroscience (KIM.CCN)

In this course we survey the most important cognitive models that have been related to neural data in domains ranging from decision making to memory and spatial navigation. The course also has an applied component where students learn to analyze EEG data. The syllabus can be found here.

Data Analytics & Communication (KIB.OZM)

In this course students learn the basics of research design and methods. A strong emphasis is placed on learning to interpret the results of data analysis. The syllabus can be found here. This course is taught in period 3. In 2019, I experimented with using some Tibetan monastic debate-derived methods in this course. You can find these materials here.

Formal Models of Cognition (KIM.FMC)

I co-teach this course with Niels Taatgen, Jennifer Spenader, Jacolien van Rij, Jelmer Borst, and Fokie Cnossen. The course surveys many different cognitive models. I discuss mathematical models, with particular emphasis on the Drift Diffusion Model and Summed Similarity models.

Introduction to the Brain

In this course for first-year Bachelor students, we examine how the brain works, through a somewhat computational lens. Students not only learn about brain phenomenology, but also try their hand at some simple data analysis of EEG and fMRI data. The course makes use of the textbook Essentials of Cognitive Neuroscience by Bradley Postle.

BCN PhD course Project Management

In this two-day course, PhD students learn lots of useful skills about planning, communicating, and more, which are crucial for a successful PhD.

Professional meetings

Apart from this I co-organize regular Mind & Life Europe-sponsored meetings of meditation researchers in the Netherlands, which you can find out more here.


Neurophysics (KIB.NF)

In this course, students acquire a basic understanding of mechanics and electrical circuits (especially applied to Hodgkin-Huxley neurons). I teach the section focusing on Nengo

Honours college tutorial Portable Laboratory

This tutorial consists of 4 evening sessions in which we discuss research on contemplative practices, make a design for a computational model of those practices, and practise mindfulness ourselves. For more information, check out the course website.