PSYC231. Data analysis in Matlab

    This course will cover a variety of data analysis methods implemented in Matlab, including model fitting, timeseries analysis and machine learning algorithms. Some programming experience required, although it need not be in Matlab (e.g. R, C, java, etc).

    PSYC102. Sensation and Perception

    Core upper division class for psychology majors. Covers intro-level analysis of sensation and perception in the domains of vision, audition, smell, taste, and touch. A strong emphasis is placed on recent single-unit recording, lesion, and fMRI studies that examine the neural mechanisms that support our rich perceptual experience of the external environment.

    PSYC150. Cognitive Neuroscience of Vision

    Cognitive neuroscience is an old field of inquiry that has undergone a renaissance in the last 20 years. One reason for this is that historically, investigators interested in uncovering the neural mechanisms that support various cognitive operations (sight, memory, language, etc.) were restricted to studying behavioral deficits that were observed following strokes and other traumatic brain injuries. However, recent methodological advances . such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) . grant us a window into the neural mechanisms that support a variety of cognitive abilities. In this course, we will use all of these approaches to understand the function of the human visual system. You will see that while much is known about the basic operation of single neurons and even some areas of the system, we know very little (almost nothing in fact) about how neurons work together to give rise to what we subjectively experience as .conscious awareness. of our surroundings. This mystery will dominate research in cognitive neuroscience for the foreseeable future, and my aim in this course is as much to teach you what we do know as to make you aware of all of the fun challenges that await future researchers.

    Vision Journal Club

    Weekly journal club focusing on various topics in vision, memory, and cognition (sometimes with a specific theme running for the entire quarter). Meets year-round, and permanent faculty are Don MacLeod, Karen Dobkins, and John Serences. Additional faculty join up on a quarter-by-quarter basis.