Fall 2018

Permission forms will be accepted for Fall 2018 courses beginning on May 1, 2018. Note that all the PSYC course listed below are accepted towards the Psychology major, but only some are accepted towards the Neuroscience major.

PSYC 60

Principles of Human Brain Mapping with fMRI

In 18F at 10A, Jeremy Huckins​
THIS COURSE IS FULL, WAITLIST ONLY


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.

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

PSYC 65

Systems Neuroscience with Laboratory

In 18F 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.

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6 and instructor permission through the department website.

PSYC 81.08

Animal Cognition

In 18F at 10A, Matthijs van der Meer​

Can rats empathize with others, or experience regret? Can birds grasp the intentions of others, or imagine the future? Do dogs deliberately deceive their human companions? This seminar will explore the cognitive abilities of a range of animals through the careful analysis of behavior, defining rigorous and measurable criteria for inferring complex behaviors, and contrasting them with simpler alternatives. We will draw on neural data, asking if phenomena such as creativity, mental time travel, and theory of mind can be detected based on the observation of brain activity. Finally, we will consider questions relevant to human health: can mice become schizophrenic, chronically depressed, or develop post-traumatic stress disorder? Lively discussion in the classroom is encouraged.

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisite: PSYC 22 or PSYC 28, and instructor permission through the department website.

PSYC 86.04

Advanced Neuroscience Seminar and Annual Meeting

In 18F at 2, David Bucci​
THIS COURSE IS FULL, WAITLIST ONLY

This seminar will explore topics and issues that are on the cutting edge of neuroscience. Topics will be selected from among those that are the subject of special lectures, panels, and keynote addresses scheduled for the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (November 3-7 in San Diego, CA).  During each class meeting, we will read and discuss several articles on one of the topics.  By November 3 we will be intimately familiar with the content of the scheduled presentations.  We will then travel to the Annual Meeting in San Diego and attend these presentations.

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6 and instructor permission through the department website.

PSYC 88-91

Independent and Honors Research

See Independent Research for more info on PSYC 88 (Independent Psychology Research) and PSYC 90 (Independent Neuroscience Research).

See Psychology Honors for more info on PSYC 89 (Honors Psychology Research)

See Neuroscience Honors for more info on PSYC 91 (Honors Neuroscience Research)