Fall 2019

Permission forms will be accepted for Fall 2019 courses beginning on May 1, 2019. 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 19F at 2A, 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 19F 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.

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

PSYC 80.04

The Weight Among Us: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Obesity

In 19F at 9L, Ann Clark

In 1995, ~56% of adults in the US were overweight or obese. Fast-forward ~25 years and the prevalence has increased to 70%. Over this time period there have been significant advances in the scientific understanding of obesity, yet many questions remain unanswered. In this course, students will examine, through the lens of neuroscience, how successes, failures and challenges in obesity research inform the prevention, management, and treatment of obesity.

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6 and PSYC 45 (recommended), instructor may waive PSYC 45 for qualified students; and instructor permission via the department website.

PSYC 83.07

The Problem of Other Minds

In 19F at 2A, Meghan Meyer
THIS COURSE IS FULL, WAITLIST ONLY

Success in a social world requires understanding other people’s thoughts and feelings. Yet, other people’s mental states are not directly observable: you cannot see a thought or touch a feeling. Nonetheless, humans are actually quite proficient in inferring these invisible, internal states of mind. How do we accomplish these mind-reading feats? This course will address this question, which is known as ‘the problem of other minds.’ We will tackle ‘the problem of other minds’ from multiple angles, relying heavily on neuroscience and psychology research, as well as a few foundational papers from philosophy. Specifically, we will address questions such as: Do specialized portions of the brain accomplish mental state inference? When do mind-reading skills develop in children and are humans the only species that can represent other minds? Why do some people, such as individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), experience difficulties in understanding others? What leads to biases in mental state inference, such as anthropomorphism  (when people attribute mental states to inanimate objects) and dehumanization (when people under attribute mental states to humans)? 

Prerequisite: PSYC 1, PSYC 10, and instructor permission via 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)