Fall 2020 - PSYC 386 D100

Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience (4)

Class Number: 3885

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    John Joseph McDonald
    jmcd@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-9802
  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201 and 280.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

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.

COURSE DETAILS:

Lectures will be remote and asynchronous but scheduled meeting times will be used for tests when needed. Labs will be held remotely during the scheduled meeting times.

Psyc 386/925
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 lab portion of the course will focus primarily on EEG methods demonstrations (live and/or recorded) and hands-on processing and analysis of EEG data.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

In this course, students will learn how to record EEG, to understand good recording practices, to understand event-related potentials (ERPs), and to learn how to think critically about ERP research.

Grading

  • Quizzes: 30%
  • Assignments: 20%
  • Exam: 30%
  • Final Assignment: 20%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Textbook: Luck, Steven, J. (2014). An introduction to the event-related potential technique (second edition). MIT press

www.sfu.ca/bookstore/ebooks

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Registrar Notes:

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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2020

Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).