Winter 2020

Permission forms will be accepted for Winter 2020 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 20W 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. 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 20W at 10, Jeffrey Taube​

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 80.01

Neuroscience of Reward

In 20W at 2A, Kyle Smith
THIS COURSE IS FULL, WAITLIST ONLY​

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.

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6 and PSYC 45; and instructor permission via the department website

PSYC 80.02

Neuroeconomics

In 20W at 10A, Alireza Soltani
THIS COURSE IS FULL, WAITLIST ONLY​

Neuroeconomics is a new emerging field where a combination of methods from neuroscience, psychology, and economics is used to better understand how we make decisions.  In this seminar, we learn about economic and psychological theories that are used to investigate and interpret neural activity and processes which underlie decision making.  We also examine how recent neurobiological discoveries are used to refine decision theories and models developed in psychology and economics.  During this course, not only will students read and discuss the most current research findings in neuroeconomics, but also gain hands-on experience with experimental paradigms used in that research.

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

PSYC 84.05

The Power of Beliefs

In 20W at 3A, Luke Chang
THIS COURSE IS FULL, WAITLIST ONLY

How do beliefs affect clinical outcomes?  This course provides an in-depth examination of the role of beliefs and expectations in the manifestation of psychological symptoms and their treatment. Topics to be covered include the psychological and biological bases of pharmacological placebo effects, the mechanisms underlying psychotherapy (e.g., patient and provider expectations), and also how cultural expectations impact how psychological symptoms are experienced (e.g., hallucinations, delusions, and somatization).

Prerequisite: PSYC 1 or PSYC 6; 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)