fMRI in Biopsychology 4H PSYCH4023

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will give an in-depth introduction to the basics of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) covering physical and physiological basics of the fMRI-signal, experimental strategies, and analysis principles.

Timetable

10 hours over a 5 week block

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of level 3H psychology single honours

Assessment

Examination 100%

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

Functional brain imaging has become an essential tool in Biopsychology and Neuroscience that has changed the way we think about the brain today. This course aims to give an in-depth introduction to the basics of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The course will cover physical and physiological basics of the fMRI-signal, experimental strategies, and analysis principles.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this programme students will be able to :

outline the physical and physiological basics of fMRi imaging

evaluate the current models explaining neurovascular coupling and the link between neuronal activity and influx of oxygenated blood

outline experimental design issues of fMRI research and get hands on experience with the analysis of fMRI sample data

evaluate fMRI research in light of newly acquired knowledge about the basics of the BOLD-signal

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.