Imaging in neuroscience: with a focus on functional magnetic resonance imaging methods 7,5 credits

This research course focuses on experimental design and analysis of fMRI data. The course is given at Stockholm University Brain Imaging Centre (SUBIC) in cooperation with the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University and the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet.

The course is aimed at PhD students with a background in a humanistic discipline where neuroimaging is used as an experimental tool, cognitive sciences, psychology, medicine, biomedicine, biology, medical imaging, computational biology or similar.

In Swedish

Medarbetare vid MR-kameran på Stockholm University Brain Imaging Centre. Foto: Jens Olof Lasthein
Photo by Jens Olof Lasthein

Content

The course focuses on experimental design and analysis of fMRI data. We will briefly introduce the basis of the blood-oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) signal and how it is measured. The image processing steps, before statistical analysis, will be explained. The application of general linear model analysis to fMRI data will be explained, including random effects analysis and correction for multiple comparisons. We will discuss experimental designs for fMRI studies. The study of functional connectivity using fMRI data will be explained. We will also introduce machine learning techniques for analysis of fMRI data. Finally, structural measures of gray and white matter will be introduced as well as other techniques to measure functional and metabolic brain activity non-invasively.

Forms of instruction

The course consists of lectures, hands-on sessions, individual assignments, group discussions and student presentations. Teaching and examination language is English.

 

This course is planned and offered in cooperation between the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University and the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet. Instruction will take place at Stockholm University Brain Imaging Centre (SUBIC)

Stockholm University Brain Imaging Centre

Course director: Rita Almeida
Course co-organizer at Stockholm University: Patrik Andersson
Course co-organizers at Karolinska Institutet: Peter Fransson and Jonathan Berrebi 
Teaching assistant: Tunhe Zhou

 

Last day for application was 1 December 2021. After the deadline, eventual free spaces will be filled in order of application.

How to apply

Fill in the application form and send it to our Director of Studies: studierektorfu@ling.su.se. Do not forget to attach a certificate/transcript of records to confirm your eligibility.

Please note! Only PhD students will get ECTS credits for the course.
PhD students registered at Stockholm University are given priority in the course admission.

Application Form LI101SF/LI102SF (117 Kb)

 

Course dates, Spring semester 2022:

  • 25 January
  • 8 February
  • 22 February
  • 8 March
  • 22 March
  • 5 April
  • 19 April
  • 3 May
 

Syllabus LI101SF 7,5 edited (397 Kb)

A part of this course, corresponding to 1,5 higher education credits, is overlapping with the course LI002SF Imaging in neuroscience: with a focus on functional magnetic resonance imaging methods, 1,5 credits as well as with the course 5522 Imaging in neuroscience: with a focus on functional magnetic resonance imaging methods, 1,5 credits offered at Karolinska Institutet. This 7.5 HEC course offers a more extensive practical training in individual assignments and a deeper understanding of the practical use of different methods.

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