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PSY 1309 - Essentials of fMRI for Cognitive Neuroscientists or return to Course Catalog Search

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Faculty of Arts and SciencesPsychologyTalia Konkle
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2019-2020  (show academic calendar)M   12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.William James 765 (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level
Graduate and Undergraduate

With functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we can now see into the human brain and map activity across different regions. If you are using fMRI in your research, or think you may want to in the future, this course will cover the critical aspects of neuroimaging with the goal of making you an informed practitioner. In the first part of the course, we will cover content including signal acquisition, experimental protocol design and power, and the general linear modeling framework for data analysis. In the second part of the course, we will survey the recent advances in fMRI data analysis, e.g. multivariate analyses, voxel-wise encoding models, functional connectivity analyses. Depending on your level of experience, you will complete a project that employs one of these techniques, either on your own dataset, or from datasets available online.

Recommended: The Psychology Department requires completion of Science of Living Systems 20 or Psychology 1 or the equivalent of introductory psychology (e.g. Psych AP=5 or IB =7 or Psyc S-1) and at least one foundational course from PSY 14, MCB 80, or MCB 81 before enrolling in this course; or permission of instructor.

This course is intended for both advanced undergraduates and graduate students.

Exam Group

Cross Registration
Eligible for cross-registration
With permission of instructor/subject to availability

MIT students please cross register from MIT's Add/Drop application.