Psych 704.2

Neuroscience Methods I: Quantitative Tools in Neuroscience

3 lec hr.
3 cr.
Prereq.: 704.1.

Building on the methods and design principles in 704.1, this course will provide a survey of quantitative tools in neuroscience research. Statistical methods will be reviewed with a focus on their appropriateness and rigor in the context of common neuroscience designs, addressing questions of power, robustness and repeatability. A critical perspective will be emphasized, identifying current challenges and critiques of statistical methods in the neuroscience field. Students will learn R as a tool for analysis and data visualization.

The neuroscience methods and design series, 704.1 – 704.2, are designed to provide a conceptual overview on how neuroscience research is conducted, from design to analysis. The overarching emphasis in this series is provide students with the tools to properly design and quantitatively evaluate research as well as to be able to critically evaluate research by others.