Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience|
This seminar is an in-depth analysis of the ways that scientists study the neural basis of cognition in humans. Topics to be covered include the representation of visual categories, the neural influence of attention, episodic memory, theories of spatial cognition, and decision-making. Through reading and discussion of primary research articles, we will evaluate the methods and theoretical debates in each domain, while recognizing and integrating common themes that link across the field. Students will also learn how to work with simple computer models and simulations (using Python), in order to gain a strong foundation in the computational principles that underlie recent advances in the field of cognitive neuroscience.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (NS&B)(PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Some examples of the readings from week to week:
Peissig, J. J., & Tarr, M. J. (2007). Visual object recognition: Do we know more now than we did 20 years ago?. Annu. Rev. Psychol., 58, 75-96.
van den Hurk, J., Van Baelen, M., & de Beeck, H. P. O. (2017). Development of visual category selectivity in ventral visual cortex does not require visual experience. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(22), E4501-E4510
Haxby, J. V., Gobbini, M. I., Furey, M. L., Ishai, A., Schouten, J. L., & Pietrini, P. (2001). Distributed and overlapping representations of faces and objects in ventral temporal cortex. Science, 293(5539), 2425-2430.
Eriksson, J., Vogel, E. K., Lansner, A., Bergstro¿m, F., & Nyberg, L. (2015). Neurocognitive architecture of working memory. Neuron, 88( 1), 33-46.
deBettencourt, M. T., Keene, P. A., Awh, E., & Vogel, E. K. (2019). Real-time triggering reveals concurrent lapses of attention and working memory. Nature human behaviour, 3, 808-816.
Rungratsameetaweemana, N., Itthipuripat, S., Salazar, A., & Serences, J. T. (2018). Expectations do not alter early sensory processing during perceptual decision-making. Journal of Neuroscience, 38(24), 5632-5648.
Chan, S. C., Applegate, M. C., Morton, N. W., Polyn, S. M., & Norman, K. A. (2017). Lingering representations of stimuli influence recall organization. Neuropsychologia, 97,72-82.
Baldassano, C., Chen, J., Zadbood, A., Pillow, J. W., Hasson, U., & Norman, K. A. (2017). Discovering event structure in continuous narrative perception and memory. Neuron, 95(3), 709-721.
Bush, D., Bisby, J. A., Bird, C. M., Gollwitzer, S., Rodionov, R., Diehl, B., ... & Burgess, N. (2017). Human hippocampal theta power indicates movement onset and distance travelled. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(46), 12297-12302.
Schuck, N. W., & Niv, Y. (2019). Sequential replay of nonspatial task states in the human hippocampus. Science, 364(6447), eaaw5181.
Daw, N. D., O'doherty, J. P., Dayan, P., Seymour, B., & Dolan, R. J. (2006). Cortical substrates for exploratory decisions in humans. Nature, 4 41(7095), 876.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly Reading Responses, in-class computer modeling exercises/projects, class presentations, final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students will submit an application (https://forms.gle/K9VGe8AedqDqQT697) to the Instructor during pre-registration that includes information about their interest in the course, previous coursework, and future academic plans. Students may also be asked to do a brief in-person interview.
|Instructor(s): Ezzyat,Youssef Times: ..T.... 07:10PM-10:00PM; Location: TBA|
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Enrollment capacity: 15
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