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Basic Principles in Neuroimaging - PSY00038H

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Tim Andrews
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22

Module aims

Cognitive neuroscience is a relatively new scientific field that has arisen from the marriage of neuroscience, a biomedical field of study that focuses on animal nervous systems and that by any measure has flourished both conceptually and technically during the past century; and cognitive psychology, a discipline rooted in the long-standing interest of natural philosophers and psychologists in understanding human mental processes. The rationale for this union is the perception in both camps that many human brain functions that only a few years ago were considered beyond the reach of neuroscientific methods and theory are in fact amenable to an approach that combines the best of both traditions. This module reviews the major ways cognitive neuroscientists study brain functions, particularly the imaging technologies that have revolutionized our ability to study the living, behaving brain and are responsible for the emergence of cognitive neuroscience as a new field.

Module learning outcomes

  • Give an account of the principles underlying different neuroimaging techniques (particularly fMRI, MEG, EEG & TMS)
  • Describe the relationship between brain activity and neuroimaging signals
  • Discuss the applications and limitations of neuroimaging in experimental psychology
  • Understand the principles of experimental design in neuroimaging

Module content

  • Introduction to Brain and Behaviour
  • Basic Principles of MRI
  • From Neurons to BOLD
  • Spatial and Temporal Properties of fMRI
  • Principles & Practice in MEG
  • Experimental Design & Analysis in Neuroimaging
  • Virtual Lesions: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • A Primer in Neuroanatomy


Task Length % of module mark
Online less than 24hrs
Basic Principles in Neuroimaging
1 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online less than 24hrs
Basic Principles in Neuroimaging
1 hours 100

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