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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 9.912 (Fall 2001) 
  • Course Title:
  • Special Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate / Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Brain and Cognitive Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Anthony Wagner 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 9.912 Special Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences

    Fall 2001

    Course Highlights

    Classes will primarily consist of group discussion of assigned neuroimaging readings, with the discussion of each article being student-led. It will be assumed that all course participants will have read both the seed article (if applicable) as well as the assigned imaging articles prior to class and will be prepared to contribute to the discussion. The objectives of the discussion will be to (a) consider each theoretical debate, including extant background literature presented in each paper, (b) review the appropriateness of the experimental design adopted to address the debate, (c) examine the resultant data and their implications, and (d) propose future empirical efforts that build on the implications of each study or that implements a more optimal design for addressing the question of interest. Each participant should consider these points and be prepared to contribute to their discussion during class.

    Course Description

    Memory is not a unitary faculty, but rather consists of multiple forms of learning that differ in their operating characteristics and neurobiological substrates. This seminar will consider current debates regarding the cognitive and neural architectures of memory, specifically focusing on recent efforts to address these controversies through application of functional neuroimaging (primarily fMRI and PET).

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