Winter 2021

Permission forms will be accepted for Winter 2021 courses beginning on July 8, 2020.  Note that all the PSYC courses 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 21W, Emily Finn

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 via the department website.

PSYC 63

Experimental Study of Human Interaction

In 21W, 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.

PSYC 80.02

Neuroeconomics

In 21W, Alireza Soltani

Neuroeconomics is an emerging field in which a combination of methods from neuroscience, psychology, and economics is used to better understand how we make decisions. In this seminar course, we learn about economic and psychological theories that are used to investigate and interpret choice behavior, and mental and neural processes that 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, students will read and discuss the most current research findings in neuroeconomics. They will also learn to develop new ideas/hypotheses and design experiments to test those ideas/hypotheses, or to use their knowledge to inform society about the implications of findings in the field of neuroeconomics. 

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

PSYC 81.11

Real World Scene Perception

In 21W, Caroline Robertson

We experience our visual environment as a seamless, immersive panorama. Yet, each view of this environment is discrete and fleeting, separated by expansive eye movements and discontinuous views of our surroundings. How does the brain build a unified representation of an immersive, real-world visual environment? This course will discuss the scientific literature of real-world visual scene understanding.  The topics we will cover in this course cut across human, animal, and computational studies, addressing questions such as: What are the circuits and mechanisms that enable the recognition of a visual scene from just one glance? How are the representational dimensions of visual scenes mapped onto the surface of the brain? How can our understanding of human scene perception guide machine vision systems?

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisite: One of PSYC 6, PSYC 21, or PSYC 28 and instructor permission via the department website.

PSYC 70 and PSYC 88-91

Independent and Honors Research

See Independent Research for more info on PSYC 70 (Neuroscience Research), 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)