Laboratory Courses


Principles of Human Brain Mapping with fMRI

In 16F and 17W at 2A, William Kelley

This course is designed to introduce students to the theoretical and practical issues involved in conducting functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments of cognitive and behaviorally-related brain activity. Participants will gain an understanding of the physiological principles underlying the fMRI signal change, as well as the considerations for experimental design. The course will include firsthand exposure to the scanning environment and data collection procedures. Participants will be provided conceptual and hands-on experience with image processing and statistical analysis. At the completion of this course, it is expected that participants will be prepared to critique, design, and conduct fMRI studies; appreciate limitations and potentials of current fMRI methods and techniques; and better understand the broad range of expertise required in an fMRI research program. The course is designed to provide the participant with intensive, hands-on instruction. As a result, enrollment in the course will be limited to 20 people. Knowledge of MR physics, signal processing, or the UNIX/Linux operating system is not a prerequisite.
Prerequisite: Permission through department website.
Dist: TLA.


Experimental Study of Social Behavior

In 17W at 11, Luke Chang

This course deals with the ways in which social psychologists collect data to answer questions about motivation, social cognition, and interpersonal behavior.  Theoretical issues and methodological problems are dealt with in class discussions, laboratories, and small group research projects on selected topics.
Prerequisite: Permission through department website.


Systems Neuroscience with Laboratory

In 16F at 10, Robert Maue and Jeffrey Taube.
In 17W at 10, Jeffrey Taube and Matthijs van der Meer.

The primary focus of this course is the physiological basis of behavior from a systems perspective. Such topics as localization of function, neural models, and the physiological bases of sensory/motor systems, learning/memory, and spatial cognition are considered. The laboratory introduces the student to the anatomy and physiology of the mammalian central nervous system and to some of the principal techniques used in systems and behavioral neuroscience. Laboratory sections will be assigned during the first week of class.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6, PSYC 26, or BIOL 34; and permission through the department website.
Dist: SLA