Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Undergraduate (Large) Class
NEXT OFFERED: Winter 2019
Days/Time: Tue/Thur, TBA

This class starts by covering basic brain anatomy and modern methods for measuring brain function in humans and non-human animals. It then examines the topics of action, attention, memory, learning, emotion, and language in terms of brain regions and networks. Vignettes help students to consolidate what they have learned in relation to real-world issues and problems around them: drugs for ADHD; environmental toxins leading to Parkinson’s disease; brain-machine prosthetic devices for people who have lost limbs, and how to lay down the best memories. Highly relevant for students minoring or majoring in psychology; pre-med students; and general science students.

Cognitive control and frontal lobe function

Undergraduate (Small) Class
NEXT OFFERED: Spring 2018
Days/Time: TuTh TBA

This course explores a rapidly evolving topic in cognitive neuroscience; the most “human” and recently evolved region of the brain — the frontal lobes. Students will learn how the frontal lobes enable us to engage in complex mental processes, how they work in concert with the rest of the brain, how vulnerable they are to injury, and how devastating the effects of damage often are — leading to chaotic and even criminal behavior. This is a small class, with a flipped-classroom format. There is an emphasis on in-class discussion and students write short papers and make presentations.

PSYC210: The methods of human cognitive neuroscience

Graduate ProSeminar
Days/Time: TuTh TBA

Learning objectives:

– familiarity with most of the neuroscience methods available to study humans
– appreciation of how various data are analyzed
– appreciation of the strengths, weaknesses, pitfalls and interpretational limitations of each method

PSYC193: The Psychology of Climate Change

NEXT OFFERED: Spring 2019

Life on earth is facing wrenching changes within our lifetimes. The climate crisis has political, economic, scientific and also psychological dimensions. We will mostly be focussing on the latter.