Psychology and Brain Sciences | Neuroimaging: Theory & Methods
P650 | 26912 | James, T.


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
1) our understanding of the coupling between the fMRI signal and
neural activity; 2) the complexity of experimental designs; and 3)
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 written research report.