PSYC-002: Research Methods and Statistics

Faculty: Ryan, Rebecca; Vaidya, Chandan; Woolard, Jennifer

This course offers an introduction to the logic of research design and to descriptive and inferential statistics. The goals are to prepare students to design, analyze, interpret, and report on their own research, and to evaluate critically the work of others. Emphasis is placed on the logical bases of psychological measurement, research design, and statistical inference. The topics to be covered include the nature of both correlation and experimental studies, confounds and ways of dealing with them, reliability, internal and external validity, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, variability, graphic presentation of data, hypothesis testing, correlation, and an introduction to the analysis of variance. Each student conducts a research project in an area chosen by the student. Students also write critical summaries of published research. Majors are strongly encouraged to complete this course in their sophomore year and no later than their junior year.

Credit(s): 4

Prerequisite(s): PSYC-001, MATH-040

PSYC-234: Cognitive Neuroscience

Faculty: Green, Adam; Vaidya, Chandan

How does the brain produce the mind? Answering this question is the goal of cognitive neuroscience, a rapidly growing discipline that represents the integration of cognitive psychology and neuroscience. The objective of this course is to introduce you to the methods and topics of cognitive neuroscience. We will consider evidence from functional brain imaging, neuro-genetics, studies of brain-damaged individuals, and studies of individuals with psychiatric conditions to arrive at an understanding of how complex cognitive functions such as perception, memory, language, emotion, and higher level thought are organized in the brain.

Credit(s): 3

Prerequisite(s): PSYC-001

PSYC-512: Graduate Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience

Faculty: Vaidya, Chandan

Cognitive neuroscience is borne out of the marriage of psychology and neuroscience. Advances in functional brain imaging technologies have made possible the characterization of healthy mind/brain relationships in vivo. These relationships have been further elucidated by fractionation of cognition due to brain damage and psychiatric disease. This complementary approach is revealing how the brain produces the mind at an unprecedented pace.

The objective of this graduate seminar is to journey through the field via seminal and contemporary articles that embody its interdisciplinary nature. The course is organized around functional domains and we will piece together their biology by examination of processes that mediate the functional experience and clinical conditions, psychiatric and degenerative or acute lesions, that perturb it.

Readings will comprise review articles, seminal research papers, and opinion/perspective articles. My hope is that you will leave the course with at least a few insights into the organization of mental function in the brain and some outstanding questions, to ponder in your armchair or laboratory. Permission of instructor required for those who are not enrolled in the Psychology or IPN graduate programs.

Credit(s): 3

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor