An overview of the neural systems underlying production and perception of vocal signals, with an emphasis on animal models and their application to human communication. The course focuses on the primary literature, with an emphasis on developing critical reading and communication skills. Prerequisites: Psychology 2200 and 3005, equivalent Biology courses, graduate standing, or instructor permission. At least one 3200 or 3400 course strongly encouraged.
The focus of this seminar is on three major events in the evolution of brains: the emergence of the nervous system in early vertebrates, the emergence of the neocortex and its homologues, and the evolution of primate brains. Emphasis on comparative anatomy and how it reflects behavior. Prerequisites are at least one of the following: PSYC 2200, 2220, 4200, BIOL 3170, 4190, 4310, graduate standing, or instructor permission. Open to majors in Biology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and to majors/minors in Psychology.
Animals come in a bewildering array of shapes and sizes, and their behaviors are even more diverse. This course provides an introduction to biological and psychological perspectives on questions like these:
Develops skills in processing neural data and analyzing its relationship to stimulus or motor activity. Topics include information theory, receptive fields, point processes, and mixed-effects models. Emphasis is on implementing theoretical concepts with computer programs. Prerequisite: instructor permission.