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Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience

(spring semester 2020/21)  

Contact: Mikołaj Buchwald, e-mail: mikolaj [dot] buchwald [at] amu [dot] edu [dot] pl

On-call time for students (remotely): Wednesday, 9am-10am

Classes — literature

  1. Introduction
    • Glasser, M. F., Smith, S. M., Marcus, D. S., Andersson, J. L., Auerbach, E. J., Behrens, T. E., … & Robinson, E. C. (2016). The human connectome project’s neuroimaging approach. Nature neuroscience, 19(9), 1175.
    • Lebedev, M. A., & Nicolelis, M. A. (2017). Brain-machine interfaces: From basic science to neuroprostheses and neurorehabilitation. Physiological reviews, 97(2), 767-837.
    • (Additional literature) Page, M. P. (2006). What can’t functional neuroimaging tell the cognitive psychologist? Cortex, 42(3), 428-443.
      • Pure vs. applied science
    • (Additional resources) Sapolsky, R. (2010) 6. Behavioral Genetics I — a lecture at Stanford University. — HCP collected brain neuroimaging, as well as genomic data from monozygotic twins.
  2. Addiction
    • Deroche-Gamonet, V., Belin, D., & Piazza, P. V. (2004). Evidence for addiction-like behavior in the rat. Science, 305(5686), 1014-1017.
    • (Additional literature) Volkow, N. D., Koob, G. F., & McLellan, A. T. (2016). Neurobiologic Advances from the Brain Disease Model of Addiction. New England Journal of Medicine, 374(4), 363–371.
    • (Additional literature) Volkow, N. D., Wang, G.-J., Telang, F., Fowler, J. S., Logan, J., Childress, A.-R., … Christopher, W. (2006). Cocaine Cues and Dopamine in Dorsal Striatum: Mechanism of Craving in Cocaine Addiction. Journal of Neuroscience, 26(24), 6583–6588.
  3. Binge
    • Avena, N. M., Rada, P., Moise, N., & Hoebel, B. G. (2006). Sucrose sham feeding on a binge schedule releases accumbens dopamine repeatedly and eliminates the acetylcholine satiety response. Neuroscience, 139(3), 813-820.
  4. Sleep
    • Aeschbach, D., Cutler, A. J., & Ronda, J. M. (2008). A role for non-rapid-eye-movement sleep homeostasis in perceptual learning. The Journal of Neuroscience, 28(11), 2766-2772.
    • (Additional literature) Pereira, S. I. R., Beijamini, F., Vincenzi, R. A., & Louzada, F. M. (2015). Re-examining sleep’s effect on motor skills: How to access performance on the finger tapping task? Sleep Science, 8(1), 4–8.
    • (Additional literature) Borragán, G., Urbain, C., Schmitz, R., Mary, A., & Peigneux, P. (2015). Sleep and memory consolidation: Motor performance and proactive interference effects in sequence learning. Brain and Cognition, 95, 54–61.
  5. Learning and memory
    • Knowlton, B. J., Ramus, S. J., & Squire, L. R. (1992). Intact artificial grammar learning in amnesia: Dissociation of classification learning and explicit memory for specific instances. Psychological Science, 3(3), 172-179.
  6. Cognitive control
    • Anguera, J. A., Boccanfuso, J., Rintoul, J. L., Al-Hashimi, O., Faraji, F., Janowich, J., Kong, E., Larraburo, Y., Rolle, C., Johnston, E., & Gazzaley, A. (2013). Video game training enhances cognitive control in older adults. Nature, 501(7465), 97-101
      • Scientific programming: Python and R
  7. Action control
    • Króliczak, G., McAdam, T. D., Quinlan, D. J., & Culham, J. C. (2008). The human dorsal stream adapts to real actions and 3D shape processing: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Journal of neurophysiology, 100(5), 2627-2639.
    • (Additional literature) Norman, K. A., Polyn, S. M., Detre, G. J., & Haxby, J. V. (2006). Beyond mind-reading: multi-voxel pattern analysis of fMRI data. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10(9), 424–430.
    • (Additional literature) Valyear, K. F., & Frey, S. H. (2015). Human posterior parietal cortex mediates hand-specific planning. NeuroImage, 114, 226–238.
  8. Spatial orientation
    • Morris, R. G. M., Garrud, P., Rawlins, J. N. P., & O’Keefe, J. (1982). Place navigation impaired in rats with hippocampal lesions. Nature, 297(5868), 681–683.
      • Pure science or rat medicine?
  9. Function lateralization
    • Verma, A., Van der Haegen, L., & Brysbaert, M. (2013). Symmetry detection in typically and atypically speech lateralized individuals: A visual half-field study. Neuropsychologia, 51(13), 2611-2619.
  10. Neural plasticity
    • Siuda-Krzywicka, K., Bola, Ł., Paplińska, M., Sumera, E., Jednoróg, K., Marchewka, A., Śliwińska, M., Amedi, A., Szwed, M. (2016) Massive cortical reorganization in sighted Braille readers. eLife, 5, e10762.
      • Explanation vs. verification
  11. Psychological disorders
    • Holmes, A. J., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2008). Spatiotemporal dynamics of error processing dysfunctions in major depressive disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 65(2), 179-188.
      • Useful information: computer hardware and operating systems (Black-box insides, dual-booting, Mac OSX vs. Linux, etc.)
  12. Love and desire
    • Lester, G. L., & Gorzalka, B. B. (1988). Effect of novel and familiar mating partners on the duration of sexual receptivity in the female hamster. Behavioral and neural biology, 49(3), 398-405.
    • Bartels, A., & Zeki, S. (2004). The neural correlates of maternal and romantic love. Neuroimage, 21(3), 1155-1166.
      • Predatory journals
  13. Writing a peer-review
    • Part of course requirements
    • Write a peer-review of the study proposal according to guidelines from this page.
  14. Cultural mind
    • Abboud, S., Maidenbaum, S., Dehaene, S., & Amedi, A. (2015). A number-form area in the blind. Nature communications, 6.

Additional requirements for the course 

  1. Present a scientific paper (groups of 2).
  2. Design your own experiment utilizing approaches from behavioral and/or cognitive neuroscience (individually):
    • abstract, 4 sentences:
      • what is the problem,
      • what was being said about the problem,
      • how do you approach the problem,
      • what the results will tell about the problem;
    • describe literature background of the study;
    • state your research question and hypothesis;
    • present experimental paradigm (preferably as a figure);
    • describe data analysis methods (e.g., statistical tests you intend to use);
    • citations and bibliography should be formatted according to the APA guidelines;
    • all of this should close in 4 A4 pages, remember:
      • about title page/title-author-date-subject information,
      • to include at least one figure/scheme/table,
      • to include APA-style bibliography;
    • present and discuss your idea during classes.