BIOL 5148 3.0 - INTRODUCTION TO FUNCTIONAL MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

(Cross-listed with PSY 6227 3.0 and KAHS 6148 3.0)

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and its application to brain imaging, including theory and hands-on practical training.  Students will learn about the physical origins of the MRI signal and how MRI scanners manipulate this signal to construct images.  We will discuss the structure of the brain and the origins of the hemodynamic signals that permit functional MRI (fMRI).  Students will learn how to design and analyze fMRI experiments, and we will discuss contemporary issues in MRI research.  Each class meeting will consist of a lecture, discussion of assigned reading(s), and a computer laboratory.  During the labs, students will learn to use FSL and other software to analyze MRI data.  For the final project, groups of students will design, implement and analyze their own fMRI experiment using the neuroimaging facility on campus.

Course  Instructor:  TBA

This course is not being offered 2017 - 2018

Evaluation:

Lab assignments (7)                   5% each
Presentation                                  5%
Take-home quiz                          10%
Midterm project                           15%
Final project proposal                  5%
Final project write-up                  30%

Bibliography:

Textbook: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Second Edition
by Scott A. Huettel, Allen W. Song and Gregory McCarthy
Sinauer Associates Inc.  Published January 12, 2009.  ISBN 978-0-87893-286-3.