Psychology and Brain Sciences | Laboratory in Neuroimaging Methods and Statistics
P433 | 16886 | T. James

Laboratory in Neuroimaging Methods and Statistics
Prerequisites: K300; P346 or P335

The use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as a technique
for psychological experimentation has grown immensely in  the last
decade. In parallel with this growth have been advances in  the
complexity of experimental designs and the rigor of statistical
analyses. This course will examine fMRI methods using a combination
of lecture and laboratory exercises. Students will be expected to
complete projects for which they collect, analyze and report on
functional MRI data. Specific lecture topics include: a) introductory
MR physics; b) the relationship between BOLD and neural activity; c)
the temporal and spatial limits of fMRI; d) signal to noise ratio; e)
data pre-processing steps; f) block-design and event-related design
experiments; g) the general linear model applied to fMRI data; h)
event-related averaging and deconvolution analysis. Grades will be
based on in-class participation, assignments and an exam. This course
should be equally appealing to students in psychology, cognitive
science and neuroscience who are interested in learning fMRI.