Spring 2017, 2018
PSYC3371 - Cognitive Neuroscience: Mind and Brain
Have you ever wondered where your memories are stored? Or how we perceive a rich visual world based on simple changes in light? Or what is going on in your brain when you’re distracted during class? Cognitive neuroscience aims to reveal the connections between mind and brain, linking cognitive phenomena to neurobiological processes. This course will introduce the neural bases of perception, attention, memory, emotion, and other cognitive functions, as well as the key research methods used to investigate these topics (functional MRI, EEG, lesion studies, neurostimulation). The course will also encourage critical evaluation of the scientific evidence presented in empirical studies in cognitive neuroscience.
The course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Tuesday classes will include instructor-led lectures related to the assigned textbook reading for that week. Thursday classes will typically include team-led discussions of empirical studies related to that week’s topic.
PSYC5577 - The Hippocampus
The hippocampus has long been understood to play a critical role in long-term memory. However, its function appears to extend beyond processes typically associated with memory, and recent evidence has highlighted the structural and functional heterogeneity of the hippocampus. This seminar will focus on the theme of a multi-faceted hippocampus– one that is heterogeneous in its subregions, contributions to cognition, and connections with the rest of the brain. The course will integrate research from the cognitive and behavioral neurosciences, incorporating both human and rodent studies of hippocampal function. Class meetings will typically include student-led discussions of journal articles related to each week’s topic.