PSY40850 Behav Neuroscience Labs 2: Physiology

Academic Year 2022/2023

In combination with PSY40840 (Behavioural Neuroscience Labs 1), this module provides practical experience of collecting and analysing data using EEG/ERP. Across these two lab modules, students will complete brief rotations in four experimental laboratories in the School of Psychology. Students will develop skills in experimental design, data collection and analysis, using a variety of experimental and statistical approaches. The focus in Labs 2 will be on electroencephalography (EEG) / event-related potentials (ERP), as well as magnetoencephalogram (MEG) theory.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of experimental design in Behavioural Neuroscience
- Explain the effects of experimental design choices on the validity and reliability of a given experimental paradigm
- understand the strengths and weaknesses (common and specific) of EEG/ERP and MEG studies
- set up an EEG experiment (with supervision)
- Collect data using EEG in line with best practice guidelines
- Pre-process and analyse ERP data.
- Produce a clear and succinct laboratory report for an ERP study.
- Have an appreciation of the theory behind MEG and how it compares to EEG.

Indicative Module Content:

This module will provide practical experience of conducting research using EEG/ERP

EEG/ERP will be introduced with a 3-hour theoretical lecture . Students will then collect data in the lab in pairs (in separate sessions), under the supervision of a demonstrator. Data will be collated and students will take part in analyses sessions before writing up the experiment.

The final module session will be a theory session on MEG. Following this, students will write a short piece on an MEG article.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; practical demonstrations; laboratory work; practical skill-based learning
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PSY40780 - Behavioural Neurosci Research

Additional Information:
Only open to the MSc in Behavioural Neuroscience programme, PSY 40780 is co-requisite

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Discussion of an MEG article (1000 words) Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Lab Report: Lab report - EEG/ERP Week 12 n/a Graded No


Journal: Reflective journal describing the student's learning and experience throughout the module (400-600 words). Week 12 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Practical Examination: This is a pass/fail score for EEG data collection Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Written feedback on the lab reports will be provided within 20 working days of submission.

Name Role
Professor Klaus Kessler Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
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