Fall 2014


Principles of Human Brain Mapping with fMRI

Brain Mapping with fMRI

14 F 2AWilliam 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 12 people. Knowledge of MR physics, signal processing, or the UNIX/Linux operating system is not a prerequisite. Permission through the department website.



PSYC 65 (2 sections)

Systems Neuroscience with Laboratory

In 14F:10—Jeffrey Taube, Robert Maue

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 (Psych  6, Psyc  26 or Biology 34) and permission through the department website. Dist: SLA.



Neuroscience of Reward

In 14F: 2AKyle Smith

Much of the life of humans and other animals revolves around reward, whether engaging in basic pleasures like food and sex or enjoying more complex things like music. This course will introduce conceptual frameworks to understand reward as a phenomenon that is distinct from other features of goal-directed behavior. We will then discuss recent advances in neuroscience research that are helping us to understand the basic brain mechanisms that make things pleasurable, including anatomical pathways, neurotransmitter systems, and dynamics of neural activity. Prerequisite: Psyc 6, and Psyc 26 or Psyc 45 or Bio 34.



Cognitive Neuroscience Seminar: Top-down processing and brain plasticityBrain

In 14F:2A—Won Mok Shim

This course will explore current issues and findings in the field of cognitive neuroscience. Information in the brain has been traditionally viewed as hard-coded. However, research has shown that activity in many of the brain areas is not fixed but changes with experience, and does not hold raw sensory data but is often modulated by top-down influences, such as attention and interpretation.  In this course, we will consider how the organization of the human brain changes with experience.  We will also explore the variety of high-level information that can be found in the brain. Topics include attention, memory, imagery, consciousness, cross-modal interactions, plasticity in the brain, and brain-machine interface. Students will read and discuss the current research findings in the field and develop research ideas of their own. Permission through the department website.  


Face Perception

14 F: 10AMaria Gobbini