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Courses - Spring 2012


photo of Andrew Oxenhamphoto of Dan KerstenInstructors: Andrew Oxenham and Dan Kersten (Department of Psychology)
This course provides an in-depth treatment of current topics in visual and auditory perception. The emphasis is on common topics, such as object perception, feature integration, peripheral transformations, natural scene analysis, and how they are approached by researchers in the different sensory modalities. The course forms the first part of a two-part sequence that spans the Cognitive and Brain Sciences (CAB) area. The second part (PSY 8042 Proseminar in Cognition, Brain, and Behavior, co-taught by Yuhong Jiang and Wilma Koutstaal) will be offered in Fall 2012.
Questions? Please contact Andrew Oxenham (


ANTH 3002: Sex, Evolution and Behavior (cross-listed with EEB 3002)

photo of Andrew OxenhamInstructor: Mike Wilson
(4.0 cr; =[EEB 3002]; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Methods/theories used to understand humans in an evolutionary framework. What can be known only, or primarily, form an evolutionary perspective. How evolutionary biology of humans might lead to better evolutionary theory. How physiology, development, behavior, and ecology coordinate/co-evolve in humans. Evolutionary theory provides unique insights into fundamental aspects of human behavior, including sex differences, courtship, marriage, reproduction, aggression and cooperation. In this course, lectures, reading and discussion of primary literature help students develop a critical understanding of the theory, methods, and findings of this rapidly growing field.


ANTH 5009: Human Behavioral Biology (meets with ANTH 8510 Topics in Archaeology Sec 003 for grad students)

photo of Andrew OxenhamInstructor: Mike Wilson
Grading basis/credits: A-F only, 3 credit(s)

Student may contact the instructor or department for information.



Psy 8036: Computational Theories of Visual Cortex

photo of Dan Kerstenphoto of Damien MannionInstructors: Dan Kersten and Damien Mannion
Meeting time : 3:00 to 4:30 Tuesdays. (First meeting is Tuesday Jan 17th, 2012) Place: Elliott S204

Human visual decisions are believed to be based on a hierarchical organization of stages through which image information is successively transformed from a high-dimensional set of local feature measurements with a small number types (e.g. edges at many locations) to increasingly lower-dimensional representations of many types (e.g. dog, car, ...).



KIN 5941 Clinical Movement Neuroscience

picture of Jurgen KonczakInstructor: Dr. Jürgen Konczak, Professor, School of Kinesiology
Office: Cooke Hall 400 Phone: (612) 624-4370
68316 -001 LEC , 03:00 P.M. - 05:30 P.M. , Tu (01/17/2012 - 05/04/2012) ,

Course Description: This course provides an overview of various neural subsystems involved in controlling human/primate motor behavior with a special emphasis on understanding how various neurological disease states affect motor function. The effects of specific brain lesions and nervous system diseases on overt behavior will serve as a guide to assess the role of each sensorimotor subsystem.



NSc 8217 "Systems and Computational Neuroscience (2 cr.)

photo of Geoffrey GhoseInstructor: Geoff Ghose Neuroscience, Radiology, and Psychology
1:00-2:30 in Jackson 6-137 every Tuesday.

NSc 8217 "Systems and Computational Neuroscience" will be continuing this spring semester. The course will be in journal club format, in which participants present and discuss recent original research papers. The topic this semester will be "Perceptual Constancy."



IDSC 8721 Behavioral Decision Theory (2 cr.)

photo of Shawn CurleyInstructor: Shawn P. Curley, Professor, Department of Information & Decision Sciences
Office: 3-388 CSOM

Class Times: Mon Wed 3:45 - 5:25 pm (March 19-May 4, 2010) Room: 1-136 CSOM

Course Description
How do we go about making choices and the judgments on which they are based? What are some of the biases to which we are prone in making choices and judgments, and how do they arise? Can we improve upon our decision practices? Questions like these motivate and frame research in behavioral decision making.


Updated February 19, 2015