PSYCH 302 - Research Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR, BS
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Cost:
<50
Enforced Prerequisites:
One of STATS 250 OR STATS 280; and one of the following: PSYCH 220, 230, or 240.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

How does the brain enable the mind? Answering this question is the goal of cognitive neuroscience, a relatively new field of study that represents the union of human neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and neurophysiology. The goal of this course is to train students in the methods of cognitive neuroscience, with a particular focus on cognitive psychology and functional MRI.

Students will learn to read and interpret real scientific articles from the field, design cognitive psychology experiments, analyze data from a real cognitive psychology experiment conducted during the laboratory section using Excel and SPSS, design functional MRI experiments, analyze data from real functional MRI experiments in laboratory section, and to write/present research effectively in the discipline.

By the end of the course, students will have a detailed understanding of how cognitive neuroscientists using functional MRI discover which brain regions are “activated” when people perform cognitive tasks. They will also understand how images of such activations, which abound in the popular media, are created and should (or should not) be interpreted.

Course Requirements:

Grades will be based on two exams, multiple writing assignments involving 20-25 pages of “rough drafts” and 20-25 pages of “final versions” for a total of 40-50 pages, quizzes, laboratory section assignments, and attendance/participation.

Intended Audience:

Given its breadth, a course in cognitive neuroscience methods would be appropriate for a wide range of students including those in BCN, psychology, and neuroscience.

Class Format:

Weekly 1.5-hour lecture plus weekly 1.5-hour laboratory section.

PSYCH 302 - Research Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
24151
Open
9
 
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Th 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: All sections meet from the 1st day of class, even if they occur before the 1st lecture.
002 (LAB)
P
25807
Closed
0
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Psych 302 counts as a Methods Lab for Psych and BCN Majors.
003 (LAB)
P
24152
Open
4
 
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Tu 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Psych 302 counts as a Methods Lab for Psych and BCN Majors.
004 (LAB)
P
24153
Closed
0
 
-
Tu 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Psych 302 counts as a Methods Lab for Psych and BCN Majors.
005 (LAB)
P
25808
Open
3
 
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W 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Psych 302 counts as a Methods Lab for Psych and BCN Majors.
006 (LAB)
P
24154
Open
1
 
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W 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Psych 302 counts as a Methods Lab for Psych and BCN Majors.
007 (LAB)
P
27100
Open
1
 
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W 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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