9.912 | Fall 2001 | Graduate

Special Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences


Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 1 session / week, 3 hours / session


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).

Through readings of conceptual “seed” articles and group discussion of neuroimaging investigations, the aim is to provide a forum in which new empirical efforts to address these debates may emerge. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Requirements

100% for class participation. Again, both the seed and imaging readings should be completed prior to class. Students should be prepared to contribute to and participate in the discussion of the neuroimaging articles. The success of the discussions will be a direct function of the degree to which all participants come prepared to consider each paper.

For students interested in receiving credit towards their PhD major and/or minor, please contact TA to discuss the details of the additional requirements. In general, these requirements will consist of at least one paper proposing a novel fMRI study designed to address one of the debates considered during the term. The proposal should be relatively detailed, providing an initial theoretical and empirical review (going beyond the articles discussed in class), explication of the proposed experimental design, and delineation of predictions and implications. It is anticipated that such proposals would be approximately 15-20 pages. The proposal will constitute 50% of the final grade (the other 50% being class participation).

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2001
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments