Psychology and Brain Sciences | Lab in Neuroimaging Methods
P433 | 12983 | James, T.

Prerequisites: K300; P346
Recommended: P349; 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 receive hands-on
instruction in data collection and analysis through laboratory
demonstrations and assignments. Specific lecture topics include: a)
introductory MR physics; b) the relationship between BOLD and neural
activity; c) data pre-processing steps; d) block-design and event-
related design experiments; e) the general linear model applied to
fMRI data; f) event-related averaging and deconvolution analysis.
Grades will be based on in-class participation, assignments and a
practical exam. This course should be equally appealing to
psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience majors who are
interested in learning fMRI.