Behavioral Methods in Affective Neuroscience|
Spring 2019 not offered
|This course may be repeated for credit.|
|Course Cluster: Health Studies|
This research methods course teaches experimental design and methods in experimental psychopathology using tools to conduct behavioral research in cognitive-affective neuroscience. Course material includes studies from the contemporary psychopathology research literature, with a focus on emotion interactions. Methods taught will vary by semester and individual research projects and will include statistical procedures (e.g., repeated measures ANOVA), tools for conducting research and analyzing data (e.g., computer programming for stimuli presentation and data processing), and neuroimaging techniques (e.g., event-related potential). There is high expectation that those enrolled in this course will take initiative to extend their learning to areas for which they have specific interests related to the course objectives. Students are also expected to work independently.
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|Course Format: Laboratory Course||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIS)(NS&B)(PSYC)
Sanislow, C. A., Pine, D. S., Quinn, K. J., Kozak, M. J., Garvey, M. A., Heinssen, R. K, Wang, P. S., & Cuthbert, B. N. (2010). Developing constructs for psychopathology research: Research Domain Criteria. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119(4), 631-639.
Johnson, M.K., Raye, C.L., Mitchell, K.J., Greene, E.J., Cunningham, W.A., & Sanislow, C.A. (2005). Using fMRI to investigate a component process of reflection: prefrontal correlates of refreshing a just activated representation. COGNITIVE, AFFECTIVE, AND BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE, 5, 339-361.
Coan, J. A. & Allen, J. J. B. Handbook of Emotion Elicitation and Assessment. Oxford, 2007.
Hajcak, G. (2012). What we've learned from mistakes: Insights from error-related brain activity. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21, 101-106.
Luck, Steven J. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE EVENT-RELATED POTENTIAL TECHNIQUE. MIT Press, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0-262-62196-0
|Examination and Assignments: |
This is a project-based learning course. Students will work individually and in small groups on to learn behavioral methods to study emotion and cognition, with a particular focus on ways this research can clarify psychopathology mechanisms, and inform diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. There are four areas of evaluation in this project based learning course: (1) Attendance and collaboration; (2) At least one presentation on an assigned topic or research article; (3) Progress on lab work, based goals defined at the beginning of the semester; and (4) A final paper that summarizes your individualized learning objectives, goals accomplished including a summary of research findings, and plans for future work.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students will work collaboratively in a small research group to study cognition-emotion interactions and behavioral indicators of psychopathology.
In addition to submitting an electronic POI request, visit http://csanislow.faculty.wesleyan.edu/courses/ for instructions on how to be considered for enrollment.