PSYCH 302 - Research Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR, BS
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:

Description

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.

Schedule

PSYCH 302 - Research Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
21587
Open
3
 
18
Th 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in LEC 001 when they elect a LAB 002-007. Psych 302 counts as a Methods Lab for Psych and BCN Majors. Do not email the professor to request an override. The GSIs will make decisions about overrides only after classes start. The GSIs can grant overrides only if enrolled students drop the course, because each lab section is limited to 20 students. If seats become available in a lab section, the GSI will grant overrides based on (1) the order of students on the section?s waitlist and (2) active attendance and participation in the class by the waitlisted student.
002 (LAB)
 In Person
22591
Closed
0
 
4
Tu 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: All sections meet from the 1st day of class, even if they occur before the 1st lecture. Psych 302 counts as a Methods Lab for Psych and BCN Majors.
003 (LAB)
 In Person
21588
Closed
0
 
4
Tu 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: All sections meet from the 1st day of class, even if they occur before the 1st lecture. Psych 302 counts as a Methods Lab for Psych and BCN Majors.
004 (LAB)
 In Person
21589
Closed
0
 
3
Tu 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: All sections meet from the 1st day of class, even if they occur before the 1st lecture. Psych 302 counts as a Methods Lab for Psych and BCN Majors.
005 (LAB)
 In Person
22592
Closed
0
 
2
W 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: All sections meet from the 1st day of class, even if they occur before the 1st lecture. Psych 302 counts as a Methods Lab for Psych and BCN Majors.
006 (LAB)
 In Person
21590
Closed
0
 
3
W 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: All sections meet from the 1st day of class, even if they occur before the 1st lecture. Psych 302 counts as a Methods Lab for Psych and BCN Majors.
007 (LAB)
 In Person
23220
Closed
0
 
2
W 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: All sections meet from the 1st day of class, even if they occur before the 1st lecture. Psych 302 counts as a Methods Lab for Psych and BCN Majors.

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