Fall 2019 - PSYC 386 D100
Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience (4)
Class Number: 10128
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6152, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 16, 2019
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
Instructor:John Joseph McDonald
1 778 782-9802
Prerequisites:PSYC 201 and 280.
An overview of techniques used for studying the biological basis of behavior in humans and animals. Examines the logic and limitations of specific research methods. Provides an opportunity to master a set of techniques and to conduct supervised research projects in the laboratory.
This course focuses on noninvasive techniques for studying the biological basis of behaviour in humans. Specifically, it takes an in-depth look at the theory and methods of recording electrical brain activity to study human cognition. Emphasis will be placed on the electroencephalographic (EEG) and event-related potential (ERP) techniques, but we will also introduce the magnetoencphalographic (MEG) technique. If you have ever seen medical shows on TV, you have probably seen ‘fake’ EEG. You will learn the real thing in this course. The format includes lectures and considerable hands-on experience using sophisticated laboratory equipment during the labs.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
In this course, students will learn how to recording EEG, to understand good recording practices, to understand event-related potentials (ERPs), and to learn how to think critically about ERP research.
- Quizzes: 30%
- Assignments: 20%
- Exam: 30%
- Final Assignment: 20%
Textbook: Luck, Steven, J. (2014). An introduction to the event-related potential technique (second edition). MIT press
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