Laboratory Courses, 2020-2021

Lab courses can serve as a culminating experience for Psychology majors. Neuroscience majors are required to take PSYC 36, and can use PSYC 60 towards their elective requirements.

PSYC 36

Systems Neuroscience with Laboratory

Please note that this course was previously offered as PSYC 65.

In 20F at 10, Jeffrey Taube
In 21W at 10, Matthijs van der Meer
In 21S at 10, 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 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
Dist: SLA

PSYC 60

Principles of Human Brain Mapping with fMRI

In 20F at 2A, Luke Chang
In 21W at 2A, Emily Finn
In 21S at 2A, Tor Wager

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.

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission through the department website.
Dist: TLA.

PSYC 63

Experimental Study of Human Interaction

In 21W at 10, Arjen Stolk

A deep understanding of any social species requires understanding why and how brains interact. Paradoxically, social neuroscience has focused nearly exclusively on mapping the brain as if it evolved in isolation. This focus on the individual brain is understandable as serious methodological constraints have traditionally limited multi-brain, interactive paradigms. Making headway on how brains interact, however, is becoming increasingly tractable. This course highlights scientific and technological innovations advancing our understanding of how human minds meet during social interaction. Conceptual and methodological challenges of studying human interaction are dealt with in class discussions, laboratories, and small group research projects on selected topics.

Prerequisites: PSYC 11 and PSYC 23 and instructor permission via the department website.