In addition to instructing students and trainees in the Lab, Dr. Laird and Dr. Sutherland have taught numerous courses through the Departments of Physics and Psychology. These efforts in the classroom are part of a campus wide-initiative to promote brain education and training at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (e.g., the Cognitive Neuroscience Doctoral Program). Learn more about these courses below.


Cognitive Neuroimaging Methods I  (Fall 2014)

This course is cross-listed in the Departments of Psychology and Physics. It’s the first in a sequence of methods courses providing a survey of cognitive neuroimaging modalities including techniques in magnetic resonance imaging, electrophysiology, and nuclear medicine. This course covers the principles of cognitive neuroimaging data acquisition, advantages of different imaging modalities, and the mechanisms underlying functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Lectures: Tues/Thurs: 9:30–10:45am, AHC4-301
Office Hours: Tue/Thu: 11:00–12:00pm, AHC4-310
Prerequisite or Corequisite: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Recommended Course: Courses in disciplines related to cognitive neuroscience.

Textbook: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (2nd Edition); Scott A. Huettel, Allen W. Song, Gregory McCarthy Hardcover, Sinauer Associates, Inc.; ISBN-10: 0878932860; ISBN-13: 978-0878932863.


Physics I with Calculus (Fall 2012, 2013)

This is a calculus-based introductory physics course. This course covers kinematics, Newton’s Laws, conservation laws, gravitation, fluids, sound, and thermodynamics. PHZ 2102 is strongly recommended for problem solving skills.


Meta-Analysis in Cognitive Neuroimaging

At her previous institution, Dr. Laird lead a graduate course, in which students are guided in choosing a meta-analysis topic, searching Pubmed to find the relevant literature, coding the papers into the BrainMap database, and performing an ALE meta-analysis of the coordinate results. One of these previous student meta-analyses was deemed appropriate for publication (Petacchi et al., 2005).


Sensation and Perception (Spring, Summer 2013)

This is an undergraduate psychology course on the principles underlying the transduction of energy in the environment into an electrochemical signal the brain can process.


Advanced Experimental Psychology Lecture and Lab (Spring 2013)

This course is an extension on the fundamental tools used to collect, analyze, interpret, and disseminate empirical data in the behavioral sciences with an emphais on ‘hands-on’ activities for undergraduate psychology majors.


Research Methods (Fall 2012)

This is an undergraduate psychology lecture and lab-based course emphasizing the student’s role as a wise consumer and trusted producer of scientific information in the behavioral sciences.


Cognitive Processes (Fall 2012)

This is an undergraduate psychology course emphasizing the neurobiology underlying fundamental mental operations (e.g., perception, memory, language) that have fascinated behavioral scientists for decades.


Drugs and Behavior (Fall 2012)

This is an undergraduate psychology course surveying the fundamental neurobiological principles underlying psychoactive drugs (both illicit and therapeutic).