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Module code:PSYCGC20(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Designing and Analysing fMRI experiments
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser:Dr. Joseph Devlin
Organiser's location:26 Bedford Way
Organiser's email:joe.devlin@ucl.ac.uk
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Module prerequisites:Basic computing skills using a Windows environment. Basic matlab programming skills (recommended)  
Module outline:This module provides a comprehensive introduction to designing fMRI experiments and a basic introduction to analysing and interpreting the results. In parallel with the lectures, students will complete a mini-fMRI project of their own design that will involve designing and implementing the experiment, collecting approximately two hours of scanning data, analysing the results and presenting them in a short Journal of Neuroscience style paper. Each week will offer a 1.5 hour lecture and a 1 hour practical session aimed at reinforcing the lecture material via hands-on experience with real fMRI data. The module is aimed at anyone planning to use fMRI in their own research. 
Module aims:To understand fundamentals of the BOLD signal and the constraints it places on experimental design; to understand the costs and benefits associated with common designs (blocked, event-related, mixed, sparse, etc); to acquire familiarity with basic image preprocessing tools and their conditioning of the results; to understand the application of the general linear model to mass univariate statistics; a basic understanding of Gaussian random field theory in inferential statistics for imaging; and to acquire basic familiarity with the SPM analysis package. 
Module objectives: 
Key skills provided by module:Ability to design fMRI experiment experiments and analyze the data  
Module timetable:https://cmis.adcom.ucl.ac.uk:4443/timetabling/moduleTimet.do?firstReq=Y&moduleId=PSYCGC20 
Module assessment:Coursework (2,000 - 3,000 words) 100.00%. 
Notes:This is an optional module in the MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience. It is also open to students from the CoDeS, Research Methods, and Neuroscience, Language & Communication MSc programs, although numbers are capped at 5 students per program due to resource limits. 
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