Teaching plan for the course unit


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General information


Course unit name: Workshop on Neuroimaging Techniques and Sensory Motor Control

Course unit code: 568389

Academic year: 2015-2016

Coordinator: Josep Marco Pallares

Department: Department of Basic Psychology

Credits: 2,5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 62.5


Face-to-face learning activities



-  Lecture with practical component




-  Group tutorial



Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


To have the capacity to apply the acquired knowledge and problem solving skills in new or not well known environments in wider or multidisciplinary contexts related to their area of study.


To be able to communicate the conclusions, knowledge and ultimate reasons that support them to specialized and non-specialized public in a clear and unambiguous way.


To be able to have the learning abilities to continue learning in a way that will probably be self-directed and autonomous.


To be able to apply information and communication technologies with different goals and purposes (relationship with other professionals, get information, knowledge diffusion…).


To identify the different techniques of data analysis in behaviour and cognition and to be able to apply them.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

To acquire basic knowledge about some of the most important neuroimaging techniques and sensori-motor experimental settings used in cognition and cognitive neuroscience.


To know the bases of sensori-motor experimental setups.


To understand the basic designs used in cognitive neuroscience with different techniques (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Electroencephalography and transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).


Referring to abilities, skills

To analyze basic experiments of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Electroencephalography.


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

To recognize and apply the basic aspects in cognitive neuroscience research.



Teaching blocks


1. . Introduction to functional Magnetic Resonance Designs and Analysis

2. Electroencephalography / Event-Related Potentials methods

3. Introduction to Electroencephalography analysis

4. Sensorio-Motor control methods

5. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation



Teaching methods and general organization


The methodology of the course is mainly practical. There will be different sessions where students will attend to different experimental setups (electroencephalography, transcranial magnetic stimulation and sensori-motor control). In these sessions, students will learn the basic experimental aspects, will participant in real experimental sessions and will learn how to interpret the obtained data.
There will be also other sessions dedicated to the analysis of the data using two techniques: electroencephalography and magnetic resonance imaging. In these sessions, students will learn different aspects of the analysis, from the most basic (preprocessing, single-subject and group analysis using standard models) to more complex ones (time-frequency analysis, connectivity measures and independent component analysis). Students will be encouraged to bring laptops in order to perform the analysis by themselves as the sessions will be based in the analysis of real data, more than in theoretical aspects of the analysis.