Spring 2024 - PSYC 386 D100

Laboratory in Behavioural Neuroscience (4)

Class Number: 6055

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
    Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 16, 2024
    Tue, 3:30–6:30 p.m.
    Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Daniel Tay
    dta22@sfu.ca
    Office: RCB 4211
    Office Hours: Tue 1:30–2:20 pm or by appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201 and 280.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An overview of techniques used for studying the biological basis of behaviour 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:

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 cover magnetoencphalographic (MEG) techniques. 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:

Topics:

Neural basis of EEG, EEG recording, averaging, artifacts, filtering, ERP visualization, ERP components, ERP quantification, experimental design, writing ERP papers, ERP source localization, time-frequency analysis

Grading

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

NOTES:

Please note that there will be tutorial/ lab on the first week of classes.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Luck, Steven, J. (2014). An introduction to the event-related potential technique (2nd edition). MIT press.
ISBN: 9780262525855

REQUIRED READING NOTES:

Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:

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