Month: April 2011

Fall Neuroimaging Course

A new physics/neuroscience course on functional neuroimaging will be
offered this Fall. It is listed under *Phys 4710/6710 and Neuro 6630*:
Functional Neuroimaging.

Course:Phys 4710/6710 or Neuro 6330 : Functional Neuroimaging*

*Course Credit: 3 credit hours*

*Course Offering:Fall 2011*

*Meeting Times/Place:MW 9:30 – 10:45AM/ NSC 272 *

*Course Pre-requisites:Instructor’s permission* **

*Instructor*:*Mukesh Dhamala
http://www.phy-astr.gsu.edu/dhamala/dhamala.html*

Neuroimaging is a rapidly developing multidisciplinary field with new
possibilities of understanding the brain both in health and disease.
Functional neuroimaging tools, such as fMRI and EEG, aim to provide
valuable insights into brain structure-function and brain-behavior
relationships.

There are three parts in this course: *principles of functional
neuroimaging, experimental design and data analysis, applications to
cognitive neuroscience.* Physics principles, mathematical/statistical
modeling approaches and computer simulations will be used to enhance
students’ learning of the materials. This course is appropriate for
graduate/undergraduate students majoring in physics, neuroscience or any
other fields of our B &B programwith an interest in the use of
functional neuroimaging, brain data analysis and modeling of brain
processes.

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April 22, 2011

Distinguished Lecture Series

April 22nd, 2011

Broken Mirrors, Reduced Social Motivation, and Altered Connectivity: Building Synergy Amongst Competing Theoretical Accounts of Autism

Speaker: Mirella Dapretto, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development
UCLA Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Location: 1000 Urban Life Building

Time: 10:30 AM

Abstract: Infants’ early biases to attend to human faces and voices likely play a pivotal role in guiding and constraining social learning and development. Conversely, the lack of such attentional preferences may significantly and negatively impact the developmental trajectory of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In this talk, I will present data from a series of recent studies conducted in children with ASD, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which speak to the nature, possible causes, and consequences of these altered attentional processes in individuals with ASD. In discussing research findings showing hyporesponsivity in mirror neuron and reward circuitry as well as altered functional connectivity, I will seek to highlight the benefit of building synergy out of seemingly competing accounts of autism.

*There will be a small coffee reception at 10:00 AM preceding the lecture.

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