Functional Brain Imaging in Neuroeconomics
Full course description
In Neuroeconomics, FMRI plays a pivotal role in studying human decision-making. Neuroeconomics students must therefore know about relevant FMRI principles and experimental design, and have experience in conducting an FMRI study. This course consists of two main parts: 1) discussion of FMRI principles and relevant literature for topics in Neuroeconomics and 2) hands-on experience with conducting, measuring, analyzing and reporting on FMRI data. In the first part (period 4), students will take part in lectures on principles and applications of FMRI, and in tutorial meetings to discuss relevant empirical neuroscience papers on relevant topics, such as decision making, game theory, social neuroscience and individual differences. In the second part (period 5), students will design and conduct an FMRI experiment, analyse and interpret the FMRI data, and write a research report about the findings. This part of the course will be conducted in collaboration with a number of staff members who are knowledgeable about FMRI. Assessment includes both periods and will be based on personal performance in the course, quality of the presentations (period 4) and the grading of the final research report (period 5).
Students are able to understand:
- functional brain imaging techniques and principles;
- experimental design;
- exposure to FMRI environment;
- hands-on experience in designing, conducting and analyzing an FMRI experiment;
- fMRI in neuroeconomics and decision-making.
Basic knowledge of Brain anatomy, experimental design and statistics.