Postgraduate taught 

Psychological Science (conversion) MSc

fMRi in Biopsychology (PGT Conv) PSYCH5060

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

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

At least 2:1 honours degree in a science subject.

Assessment

Examination 100%

Main Assessment In: December

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

■ critically 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

■ critically 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.