Assignments include a written essay, a paper critique, two class presentations, a term paper and class participation. All written assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day they are due. Please follow the following guidelines while working on your essays.
The Table below lists the Presentation topics.
Instructions for Paper Presentation
How to present a paper (PDF)
Instructions for Paper Critique
How to critically evaluate fMRI studies (PDF)
Instructions for Term Paper
How to write a review article and propose a novel experiment (PDF)
Instructions for Final Project
How to make presentations on experiment proposals and literature reviews (PDF)
(PDF) (Courtesy of MIT student. Used with permission.)
|WEEK #||TOPICS||PRESENTATION TOPICS|
Functional organization of the ventral visual pathway
Controversies concerning this organization
How to critique an fMRI paper
2 - 4 page essay due at the beginning of class
(Essay details: Read Talbot, Margaret. "Duped." New Yorker, July 2007 and then address whether and how you could test if fMRI can be used as a lie detector in the real world, what conditions would you need to test, could such an experiment actually be run, and how might you do it?)
Visual recognition, object shape, and the lateral occipital complex (LOC)
Basic neuroanatomy of the visual system
Written Critique of an fMRI Paper Due at the Beginning of Class
Bartels, A., and S. Zeki. "The Neural Basis of Romantic Love." Neuroreport 11, no. 17 (2000): 3829-34.
Some key Questions:
|4||Scene perception and the PPA||
Janzen, G., and M. Van Turennout. "Selective Neural Representation of Objects Relevant for Navigation." Nat Neurosci 7, no. 6 (June 2004): 673-7.
Epstein, R. A., J. S. Higgins, and S. L. Thompson-Schill. "Learning Places from Views: Variation in Scene Processing as a Function of Experience and Navigational Ability." J Cogn Neurosci 17, no. 1 (2005): 73-83.
Steeves, J. K., G. K. Humphrey, J. C. Culham, R. S. Menon, A. D. Milner, and M. A. Goodale. "Behavioral and Neuroimaging Evidence for a Contribution of Color and Texture Information to Scene Classification in a Patient with Visual form Agnosia." J Cogn Neurosci 16, no. 6 (2004): 955-65.
Epstein, R. A., W. E. Parker, and A. M. Feiler. "Where Am I Now? Distinct Roles for Parahippocampal and Retrosplenial Cortices in Place Recognition." J Neurosci 27, no. 23 (2007): 6141-9.
Some key questions:
|5||Face processing and the FFA||
Avidan, G., U. Hasson, R. Malach, and M. Behrmann. "Detailed Exploration of Face-related Processing in Congenital Prosopagnosia: 2. Functional Neuroimaging Findings." J Cogn Neurosci 17, no. 7 (2005): 1150-67.
Schiltz, C., and B. Rossion. "Faces are Represented Holistically in the Human Occipito-Temporal Cortex." Neuroimage 32 (2006): 1385-1394.
Gauthier, I., P. Skudlarski, J. C. Gore., and A. W. Anderson. "Expertise for Cars and Birds Recruits Brain Areas Involved in Face Recognition." Nature Neuroscience 3, no. 2 (2000): 191-197.
Rotshtein, P., R. N. Henson, A. Treves, and R. J. Driver. "Morphing Marilyn into Maggie Dissociates Physical and Identity Face Representations in the Brain." Nat Neurosci 8, no. 1 (2005): 107-13.
McMains, S. A., and D. C. Somers. "Multiple Spotlights of Attentional Selection in Human Visual Cortex." Neuron 42, no. 4 (May 2004): 677-86.
Murray, S. O., and E. Wojciulik. "Attention Increases Neural Selectivity in the Human Lateral Occipital Complex." Nat Neurosci 7, no. 1 (Epub November 2003): 70-4.
Muller, N. G., and A. Kleinschmidt. "Dynamic Interaction of Object - and Space-based Attention in Retinotopic Visual Areas." J Neurosci 23 (2003): 9812-6.
Murray, S. O., and S. He. "Contrast Invariance in the Human Lateral Occipital Complex Depends on Attention." Curr Biol 16, no. 6 (2006): 606-11.
Corbetta, M., M. J. Kincade, C. Lewis, A. Z. Snyder, and A. Sapir. "Neural Basis and Recovery of Spatial Attention Deficits in Spatial Neglect." Nat Neurosci 8, no. 11 (November 2005): 1603-10.
Morris, J. P., K. A. Pelphrey, and G. McCarthy. "Face Processing Without Awareness in the Right Fusiform Gyrus." Neuropsychologia 45 (2007): 3087-3091.
Fang, F., and S. He. "Cortical Responses to Invisible Objects in the Human Dorsal and Ventral Pathways." Nat Neurosci 8, no. 10 (2005): 1380-5.
Pasley, B., L. Mayes, and R. Schultz. "Subcortical Discrimination of Unperceived Objects during Binocular Rivalry." Neuron 42, no. 1 (April 2004): 163-72.
Marois, R., D. J. Yi, and M. M. Chun. "The Neural Fate of Consciously Perceived and Missed Events in the Attentional Blink." Neuron 41 (2004): 465-72.
Dehaene, S., A. Jobert, L. Naccache, P. Ciuciu, J. B. Poline, D. Le Bihan, and L. Cohen. "Letter Binding and Invariant Recognition of Masked Words: Behavioral and Neuroimaging Evidence." Psychol Sci 15 (2004): 307-13.
Tsushima, Y., Y. Sasaki Y, and T. Watanabe. "Greater Disruption due to Failure of Inhibitory Control on an Ambiguous Distractor." Science 314 (2006): 1786-8.
|8||The dorsal/parietal pathway: visual attention, visually guided action and number including visually guided action, number, attention, response selection, etc.||Term paper outline due in class|
|9||In second half of class (if we don't get to this topic earlier): classification methods, brain reading||Midterm|
|11||Student presentations||Project presentations and discussion|
|12||Student presentations (cont.)||Project presentations and discussion|
In class we will have one or more guest lectures, e.g.:
|Final term papers due|