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  • PSYCHOLOGY 261    Section:


    Spring Quarter 2005

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing in psychology or consent of instructor.


    Ewa Wojciulik, ewojciulik@ucdavis.edu

    Center for Neuroscience, Room 209C, tel 757-8861

    Silvia Bunge, sbunge@ucdavis.edu

    Center for Mind and Brain, Room 270, tel 297-4411

    Tamara Swaab, swaab@ucdavis.edu

    Young Hall, Room 286J, tel 752-4207


    Time: Wednesdays and Fridays, Lecture 1:30-2:45pm; Discussion 3:00 -4:00pm

    Location: Large conference room, Center for Mind and Brain (CMB)

    Directions to the CMB: http://mindbrain.ucdavis.edu/content/FindUs


    Course description or objectives: 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.


    Course format: Lectures and Paper Discussion by Students



    Grading policy:

    Neuroscience students are required to take the course for 6 units.

    Psychology (and other) students can take it for either 4 or 6 units.

    - 6 unit course:

    3 exams (20% each), oral presentation and participation (25%), 1 paper (15%)

    - 4 unit course:

    3 exams (25% each), oral presentation and participation participation (25%)



    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, 2nd ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2002.


    Course Website:

    Please access the course website through MyUCDavis. It is cross-listed as PSC 261 and NSC 223.



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    Classroom Class Schedule Course Website
    TBA W F   2:00 PM - 5:00 PM http://my.ucdavis.edu
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Ewa Wojciulik , Ph.D. Room 209 Center for Neuroscience N/A
    Tamara Swaab , Ph.D. 268J Young Hall by appt
    Silvia Bunge , Ph.D. 174G Young Hall by appt