Winter 2023

Permission forms will be accepted for Winter 2023 courses beginning on May 1, 2022.  Note that all the PSYC courses listed below are accepted towards the Psychology major, but only some are accepted towards the Neuroscience major.


Principles of Human Brain Mapping with fMRI

In 23W at 2A, JD Knotts​

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 81.11

Real World Scene Perception

In 23W at 2, Adam Steel

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 83.09

Neurobiology of Social Intelligence

In 23W at 10A, Arjen Stolk

A deep understanding of any social species requires a neurobiological understanding of how and why brains interact. In this culminating seminar, we will critically examine the social contexts that forged and continue to shape human intelligence. We will be considering evolutionary, comparative, game-theoretic, computational, developmental, and pathological aspects of our social intelligence from a neurobiological perspective. The goal is to gain insight into how humans became such big-brained other-regarding apes, and how our brains developmentally construct and pathologically lose socio-cognitive faculties, as seems to be the case in certain psychiatric and neurological disorders. Students will be expected to read and critically assess the neuroscientific literature and explore empirical opportunities for new insights into the neurobiology of human social intelligence.

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1 or PSYC 6, and instructor permission via the department website.