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Course module: 200900352
Methods and Techniques in Social Neuroscience
Course infoSchedule
Course code200900352
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (Bachelor Advanced)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Psychology;
Contact persondr. D.J.L.G. Schutter
Telephone+31 30 2534369
Docenten van de afdeling/departement(en)
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dr. E.R. Montoya
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Contactperson for the course
dr. D.J.L.G. Schutter
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Teaching period
3  (08/02/2021 to 23/04/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotC: MON-afternoon, TUE-afternoon,THU-morning
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 02/11/2020 up to and including 29/11/2020
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
After completion of this course the student will be able to:
- provide a critical written commentary in academic English on published research papers
- use his/her knowledge on the basic principles and experimental designs underlying the methods and techniques used in social neuroscientific research to evaluate method sections in published papers
- explain the basic steps in lab practices and analysis of physiological data
Relation between assessment and objective
The written exam will test:
- fundamental knowledge on social neuroscience techniques, including task design, methodology and statistics
The written assignment will test:
- a critical stance towards the pros and cons of the social neuroscience techniques
- the quality of academic writing skills in the field of social neuroscience
- the student's capacity to formulate an opinion on design and interpretation of neuroscientific research
This course offers an overview and covers the basic concepts and principles of the methods and techniques used in social neuroscientific research, which include electroencephalography, structural and functional neuroimaging, non-invasive brain stimulation, hormone administrations, eye scanning and measurements from the autonomic nervous system. This course will provide a basis for other courses including neuropsychology, biological psychology, clinical and health psychology, cognitive neuropsychiatry, and cognitive neuroscience.
The following topics will be addressed:
Functional electroencephalography, structural and functional neuroimaging, psychophysiology (e.g. startle reflex, skin conductance, eye tracking), non-invasive brain stimulation, psychoneuroendocrinology and integrative neuroscience.

Aspects of academic development
Written assignment and exam
- Fundamental knowledge of methods and techniques
- Data acquisition and signal analysis
- Interpretation of data

Note: This course is the second out of four courses in all to make up the minor Social Neuroscience.
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
General overview of psychology and the biological foundations of behavior.
Prerequisite knowledge can be obtained through
The courses 'Brain and behavior', 'Brain and cognition', 'Neuroscience of social behavior and emotional disorders', 'Cognitive neuroscience' and 'Biopsychosocial perspectives on psychopathology' form a good basis for this course.
Required materials
Harmon-Jones & Beer (2009). Methods in Social Neurosience. New York: The Guilford Press. ISBN 978-1606230404.
Instructional formats

General remarks
The central meetings provide details about the various techniques, and in the workshops the students are further familiarized with the techniques, which they can then practice.

Work group

Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

The course examination consists of an assignment (40%) and a written exam (60%).

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