Laboratory Courses, 2017-2018


Principles of Human Brain Mapping with fMRI

In 17F and 18W at 2A, Jeremy Huckins.


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. Knowledge of MR physics, signal processing, or the UNIX/Linux operating system is not a prerequisite.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission through the department website.
Dist: TLA.


Experimental Study of Social Behavior

In 18W at 10, Seth Frey.

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: PSYC 11, PSYC 23, and instructor permission through the department website.
Dist: SOC


Systems Neuroscience with Laboratory

In 17F and 18W at 10, Jeffrey Taube.
In 18S at 10, 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 are scheduled for Tuesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm or 2:15-5:15pm.  Students will be assigned to one of these two laboratory sections and must be able to attend the same section throughout the term.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6 and instructor permission through the department website.
Dist: SLA