Laboratory Courses


Principles of Human Brain Mapping with fMRI

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. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. 14F, Kelley, 15W, Shim, 2A.  Dist: TLA.


Computational neuroscience: from synapses to networks

The human brain consists of about 1011 neurons and 5*1014 synapses and uses these elements to perform computations that give rise to our cognitive abilities such as attention and decision making.

In this course students will learn about computational methods used to understand how various computations are performed by the neural elements in the brain. We will cover computational models of single synapse and neuron as well as models for networks of neurons capable of various cognitive functions.   

The course includes both lectures and labs through which students will gain hands-on experience with computational modeling using provided computer codes. Prerequisites One of: PSYC 1, PSYC 6, BIOL 34, COSC 4, COSC 5 or Engineering 20.  Permission through the department website.  S15, Soltani, 10A.



Systems Neuroscience with Laboratory

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: One of the following three:  (Psychology 6, Psychology 26 or Biology 34) and permission through the department website. 14F,Taube/ Maue, 15S, Taube/Smith, 10. Dist: SLA.