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IAP 2009 Subjects

Brain and Cognitive Sciences

9.41
Topics in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
Sonal Jhaveri
Schedule: TBD
Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Prereq: One semester of a faculty-sponsored research project for credit and permission of instructor
Level: U 18 units Standard A - F Grading   

Emphasizes research and scientific communication. Instruction and practice in written and oral communication provided. Assignments include reading and critiquing published research papers. Based on his/her research, each student also creates a poster as part of an oral presentation at the end of the course. Subject taught over two consecutive terms as two modules: laboratory research, which must be completed first, and communication. Both components are offered during Fall and Spring. Research component also available during IAP.
You may do only the 12 units of supervised research during IAP and continue the 6 unit requirement of the CI-M spring semester.
Contact: Susan Lanza, 46-2005R, x3-0482, sdl@mit.edu

9.911
Spec Top: Brain & Cog Sci
Responsible Conduct in Science
Matt Wilson
Fri Jan 16, Tue Jan 20, Wed Jan 21, Thu Jan 22, Fri Jan 23, 02-04:30pm, 46-1015

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 05-Jan-2009
No listeners
Prereq: Limited to BCS Community
Level: H 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

To provide instruction and dialogue on practical ethical issues relating to the responsible conduct of human and animal research in the brain and cognitive sciences. Specific emphasis will be placed on topics relevant to young researchers including data handling, animal and human subjects, misconduct, mentoring, intellectual property, and publication. Preliminary assigned readings, initial faculty lecture followed by discussion groups of four to five students each. A short written summary of the discussions will be submitted at the end of each class.
Contact: Matt Wilson, 46-5233, x3-2046, mwilson@mit.edu

9.93
Independent Activities
Introduction to MATLAB for Brain and Cognitive Sciences
James DiCarlo, Michelle Machon, Paymon Hosseini, Talia Konkle
Mon Jan 12 thru Fri Jan 16, 09am-01:00pm, 37-212

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 16-Dec-2008
Limited to 30 participants.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F   

For undergraduates taking Course 9 IAP subjects for credit. See IAP Guide for details.
This week-long intro to MATLAB will cover the basics of the MATLAB user interface and programming language. Through instructor presentations and daily problem sets you will learn about MATLAB syntax, general programming concepts such as functions, loops, and conditional statements, and how to analyze and visualize data in MATLAB. This class is by no means comprehensive; however we do hope that you will build skills and confidence with the programming enough to learn more on your own as necessary for other classes at MIT or lab work as a UROP.
Contact: Susan Lanza, 46-2005R, x3-0482, sdl@mit.edu

9.94
Independent Activities
Introduction to MATLAB for Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Sect II)
James DiCarlo, Ulf Knoblich, John Kraemer, Todd Thompson
Mon Jan 26 thru Fri Jan 30, 01-05:00pm, 37-212

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 16-Dec-2008
Limited to 30 participants.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

For undergraduates taking Course 9 IAP subjects for credit. See IAP Guide for details. May be repeated for credit.
This week-long intro to MATLAB will cover the basics of the MATLAB user interface and programming language. Through instructor presentations and daily problem sets you will learn about MATLAB syntax, general programming concepts such as functions, loops, and conditional statements, and how to analyze and visualize data in MATLAB. This class is by no means comprehensive; however we do hope that you will build skills and confidence with the programming enough to learn more on your own as necessary for other classes at MIT or lab work as a UROP.
Contact: Susan Lanza, 46-2005R, x3-0482, sdl@mit.edu

9.95
Independent Activities
Research Topics in Neuroscience
Peter Schiller
Mon-Fri, Jan 22-23, 26-30, 12-02:00pm, 46-1015

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

For undergraduates taking Course 9 IAP subjects for credit. See IAP Guide for details. May be repeated for credit.
A series of seven, 2-hour lectures will be offered. The lectures will be given by faculty members of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences who carry out research in various fields of neuroscience. In each lecture a specific area of brain research will be examined, delineating the issues, methods and findings pertinent to the topic. Students who are taking the class for credit must take a final exam on the last day of class.
Contact: Peter Schiller, 46-6041, x3-5754, phschill@mit.edu

9.97
Independent Activities
Rutledge Ellis-Behnke
Mon Jan 5 thru Fri Jan 9, 10am-12:00pm, 46-3002

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 15-Dec-2008
Limited to 75 participants.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

This subject will be an intensive introduction to neuroanatomy, involving lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on laboratories, including a brain dissection. This course will not assume any prior knowledge of neuroanatomy, though some general knowledge of brain structures will be helpful.

To register, email sdl@mit.edu between December 1-15. Do not email before Dec. 1. Include your name, ID #, year at MIT and major. Year at MIT will be a determining factor in the lottery, with preference given to upperclass students.
Contact: Susan Lanza, 46-2005R, x3-0482, sdl@mit.edu

9.98
Independent Activities
Neuropharmacology
Daniela Tropea
Tue Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, 12-01:00pm, 46-3015

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

The Neuropharmacology class will discuss the drug-induced changes in functioning of the nervous system. The specific focus of this course will be to provide a description of the cellular and molecular actions of drugs on synaptic transmission. This class will also refer to specific diseases of the nervous system and their treatment in addition to giving an overview of the techniques used for the study of neuropharmacology.

This course is open to both graduate and undergraduate students with a basic knowledge of neuroscience principles.
Contact: Daniela Tropea, 46-6227B, x3-5428, tropea@mit.edu


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