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Experimentation II: Neuroscientific Research Methods


Admission requirements

MSc Psychology (research) students


In this course, students will get an introduction into various psychophysiological and brain-imaging techniques (EEG, ERP, Heart rate, fMRI), and other biological techniques subserving psychology (behavioural genetics, psychopharmacology). In the practical part of the course, they will acquire hands-on experience in collecting and analysing ERP data.

Course objectives

This course is intended to provide sufficient introduction into neuroscientific research methods to understand and appreciate literature that applies these methods. After this course the student can acquire and analyse ERP with little supervision.


Experimentation II: Neuroscientific Research Methods (2012-2013):

Mode of instruction

  • 7 lectures

  • 4 practical exercises.
    Note: students are assigned to subgroups. Every student will only follow 2 data acquisition and 2 data analysis meetings.

Assessment method

The assessment is based on programming and a written exam

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


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Reading list

  • Band, G.P.H. (2013). Syllabus for the master course Experimentation 2: Neuroscientific research methods. Will be available through blackboard.

  • Powerpoint slides for the course.

Provisional article list:

  • Amaro, E. Jr. & Barker, G.J. (2006). Study design in fMRI: Basic principles. Brain and Cognition, 60 , 220-232.

  • Axmacher, N., Elger, C.E., & Fell, J. (2009). The specific contribution of neuroimaging versus neurophysiological data to understanding cognition. Behavioural brain research, 200, 1-6.

  • Goldberg, T.E. & Weinberger, D.R. (2004). Genes and the parsing of cognitive processes. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 8 , 325-335.

  • Hallett, M. (2000). Transcranial magnetic stimulation and the human brain. Nature, 406, 147-150.

  • Hannula, D.E., Althoff, R.R., Warren, D.E., Riggs, L., Cohen, N.J., & Ryan, J.D. (2010). Worth a glance: using eye movements to investigate the cognitive neuroscience of memory. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 4, 166, 1-16. DOI: 10-3389/fnhum.2010.00166

  • Insel, T.R. (2010). The challenge of translation in social neuroscience: a review of oxytocin, vasopressin, and affiliative behaviour. Neuron, 65, 768-779. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2010.03.005.

  • Ito, T .A. (2010). Reflections on social neuroscience. Social cognition, 28, 6, 686-694.

  • Lang, P.J. & Davis, M. (2005). Emotion, motivation, and the brain: reflex foundations in animal and human research. Anders et al. (Eds). Progress in brain research, 156, 3-29.

  • Lennox , B.R. (2009). The clinical experience and potential of brain imaging in patients with mental illness. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 3, 46, 1-3. Doi: 10.3389/neuro.09.046.2009

  • Poldrack, R.A. (2007). Tools of the trade: Regions of interest analysis for fMRI. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2, 67-70.

  • Woodman, G.F. (2010). A brief introduction to the use of event-related potentials in studies of perception and attention. Attention, perception, & psychophysics, 72, 2031-2046. doi:10.3758/APP.72.8.2031

  • Yehuda, R. & LeDoux, J. (2007). Response variation following trauma: a translational neuroscience approach to understanding PTSD. Neuron, 56, 19-32. ..

Contact information

Dr. Guido Band
Room 2A47
Tel: 071-5273998