PSYCHOLOGY 261 Section:
Spring Quarter 2011
|Prerequisites:||Graduate standing in psychology or consent of instructor.|
Cognitive Neuroscience Spring 2011
Tamara Swaab, email@example.com
Young Hall, Room 286J, phone: 752-4207
Course description: Covers neurobiological basis of higher cognitive functions. Topics include attention, memory and executive control. The lectures and readings will reflect the multiple approaches of cognitive neuroscience: studies of neurological patients, functional neuroimaging, electrophysiology, as well as information processing models of cognition.
Graduate student standing in Psychology or Neuroscience, or consent of instructor.
When: Monday, 1-4 pm
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 (30%)
2) Oral presentation on assigned paper (30%)
3) Final paper (40%)
The course website will be available through the UC Davis Smartsite.
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”, 4th ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2009.
Paper Presentations for Discussion Sections:
Please prepare a half-hour Powerpoint presentation covering the following:
a) sufficient background information to understand the motivation for the experiment
b) a clear explanation of the question(s) being addressed
c) a concise summary of the methods – no nitty-gritty details; provide only what info is needed to understand and critique the results
d) the take-home message for key figures and tables and a summary for additional results of importance
e) what you’ve learned from this paper, additional questions that remain unanswered, and/or further experiments that could shed light on these results
Advice on giving effective presentations will be posted on the course website.
Paper: Each of you will be asked to write a review paper, due at the end of the quarter. For more details, Paper Guidelines will be posted on the course website.
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|Classroom||Class Schedule||Course Website|
|Center for Mind and Brain||M 1:10 PM - 4:00 PM|
|Instructor||Instructor Email||Office||Office Hours|
|Tamara Swaab , Ph.D.||268J Young Hall|