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  • PSYCHOLOGY 261    Section:


    Spring Quarter 2009

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing in psychology or consent of instructor.

    Course description: Covers neurobiological basis of higher cognitive functions. Topics include visual cognition, attention, memory, executive function, language and consciousness. The lectures and readings will reflect the multiple approaches of cognitive neuroscience: studies of neurological patients, functional neuroimaging, single unit physiology, as well as information processing models of cognition.



    Graduate student standing in Psychology or Neuroscience, or consent of instructors.


    When: Mon and Wed, 9:30-11:30 am


    Where: Conference Room, Center for Mind and Brain (CMB), 267 Cousteau Place.

    For directions, see http://mind.ucdavis.edu/content/FindUs




    PSC 261 (4-unit course):

    1) Weekly participation and questions (20%)

    2) Oral presentation on assigned paper (40%)

    3) Final paper (40%)


    NSC 223 (6-unit course):

    For the 4-unit course, you will have the same grade breakdown as above. Your grade for the additional 2 units (listed as a separate course NSC) will come from two exams, each worth 50%. Please sign up for 2 units NSC 298



    Course Website:

    The course website will be available through MyUCDavis.




    One review article/chapter will be assigned as background reading for each lecture. Several empirical papers will be assigned for each discussion. Most readings will be made available on the course website. When electronic copies are unavailable, papers will be handed out in class.


    If you need additional background reading to understand these papers, we recommend:

    Gazzaniga, Mangun & Ivry, Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind, 3rd ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2002.


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    Classroom Class Schedule Course Website
    TBA M W   9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Tamara Swaab , Ph.D. 268J Young Hall