Current Course Offerings

*Spring 2017 Courses Offered:

Computational Neuromechanics of Human Sensory and Motor Control 
BMED 8813: Special Topics
Director: Lena Ting (lting@emory.edu)  
Teaching Assistant: Kyle Blum (kyleblum@gatech.edu)
Credits: 3 hours
Hours: Wednesday 2:25 - 5:10 pm
Location: Emory Health Sciences Research Building (HSRB), Room E260
Note that this course will be taught on the Emory campus in the Health Sciences Research Building (HSRB). The schedule is designed around the Emory-GT shuttle schedule, with the stop being visible from the classroom (Andrews Circle).
Course Description: This is a graduate level course using engineering and robotics methods to understand the interactions between neural control and biomechanics of human movement. We will read principles of neuromechanics from a recent textbook, implement and analyze neuromechanical models in simulations, and read relevant papers from the primary literature. The implications of neuromechanical interaction in the mechanisms and rehabilitation of neurological disorders will be discussed based on literature and a class project.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permit from the instructor. Able to perform data analysis and simulations in Matlab. Familiarity with basic concepts in linear algebra and mechanics are assumed.
Required Texts: Human Robotics: Neuromechanics and Motor Control. Etienne Burdet, David W. Franklin, and Theodore E. Milner. 
Topics Include: Proprioception, multijoint mechanics, impedance control, redundancy and dimensional reduction, motor learning, applications in neurorehabilitation and rehabilitation robotics.
Resources: http://neuromechanicslab.emory.edu/resources/computational-neuromechanics.html

 

Interfacing Engineering Technology and Rehabilitation
BMED 8813: Special Topics (GT)
DPT 988, IBS 760R, Section 0P (Emory)
Instructors: Dr. Randy D. Trumbower (randy.trumbower@emory.edu)
            Dr. Steven Wolf (steven.wolf@ap.gatech.edu)
Credits: 3 hours
Hours: Thursday 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Emory Rehabilitation Hospital, Room 230
Course Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the emerging trends in rehabilitation technologies. Lecture, laboratory instruction, interdisciplinary grant-writing project will help students develop skills in proposing new research directions, as well as, adopting objective criteria for evaluating emerging technologies with alternative methods. The course will feature recent discoveries in research related to rehabilitation technology. Students and faculty will participate in active discussion regarding research directions currently taking place to further develop applied rehabilitation technologies, discuss methods, and propose solutions to modify and measure responses in clinical situations using these technologies. Students will learn about the physiological mechanisms governing physical rehabilitation, as well as the tools used to quantify those mechanisms. The course will survey neural prosthetics, brain-machine interfacing, wearable technologies, telerehabilitation, regenerative medicine, robotics, and informatics as well as the processes for technology transfer, patent applications, and licensing. Discussion points will be derived from real case studies using patients with physical disabilities as technology consumers and consultants. Discussions will center on the following questions:
                       1. Does rehabilitation with technology add to functional gains?
                       2. Can modified body signals be used to enhance functional recovery?
                       3. Can advanced technologies improve the impact of rehabilitation facilities?
Recommended (Optional) Texts/ Resources: Gaggioli A, Keshner E, and Weiss P. Advanced Technologies in Rehabilitation: Empowering Cognitive, Physical, Social, and Communicative Skills through Virtual Reality, Robots, Wearable Systems and Brain-Computer Interfaces. Washington DC: IOS Press; 2009.

 

Information Processing Models of Neural Systems
ECE 6790 and BMED 6790
Instructor: Christopher J. Rozell (crozell@gatech.edu)
Credits: 3 hours
Hours: Monday/Wednesday 9:05 - 10:25 am
Location: Van Leer, Room C456
Course Description: Neural systems are adept at leveraging the statistics of the complex natural world to understand and navigate their environment with great efficiency and effectiveness. These neural systems are very complex, and have been studied at many different levels of abstraction ranging from molecular interactions to human psychophysics. Modeling approaches that seek to describe the input/output relationship of a neural system in terms of computational primitives from a lower level of abstraction (i.e., a ``bottom up'' modeling approach) are commonly used, but do not always illuminate the underlying computational goal of that system. This course will instead examine ``top down'' modeling approaches, where an optimal computational principle used in engineering (e.g., information theory, Bayesian inference, resource allocation, control theory) can account for the observed information processing strategies in a neural system. The potential contributions of these top-down models will be explored in levels of abstraction ranging from the anatomy of single neurons to human sensory perception and motor control.
This is a graduate course based largely around readings from the recent research literatures.  The necessary neurophysiology and mathematics background material will be largely self-contained, making this course appropriate for students with a background in either the biosciences or engineering who are interested in learning how the tools of modern information processing can help us understand the function of neural systems.

 

Movement Disorders
APPH 6239 
Instructor:  Dr. Lewis A. Wheaton (LAW@gatech.edu)
Credits: 3 hours
Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 1:35 - 2:55 pm
Location: School of Applied Physiology, Room 1103
Course Description: This course serves as a Graduate-level introduction to the clinical and research aspects of movement disorders.  Focus is placed on deficits that occur through aging, neural injury, genetic, and psychological factors.  The outcome goal is to gain knowledge of movement disorders and appreciate the state of research and needs of patients. 
Recommended (Optional) Texts/ Resources No Text Required. Readings will be assigned from selected publications.  You are highly encouraged to seek out other texts.  A list of relevant papers is listed in the syllabus. Good resources for (mostly free) info are: WE MOVE (www.wemove.org) and The Movement Disorders Society (www.movementdisorders.org).

 

Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 4090
Instructor: Dobromir Rahnev (rahnev@psych.gatech.edu)
Credits: 3 hours
Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 4:35 - 5:55 pm
Location: Weber Space, Science and Technology Building 3, Room 2
Course Description: This is an undergraduate level course. The course will survey how the brain is organized to support a broad array of processes including cognition, memory, attention, perception, language, action, and emotion. The focus is on the human brain and the methodologies used in cognitive neuroscience such as lesion patients, fMRI, EEG, MEG, TMS, and tDCS. However, relevant studies from the animal literature will also be covered. 
Prerequisites: PSYC 3011. If you haven't taken that course, please contact the instructor to ask for special permission and list previous relevant coursework.
Required Texts: Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind, (4th Ed) by Michael S. Gazzaniga, Richard B. Ivry, and George R. Mangun.
Topics Include: Cognition, memory, attention, perception, language, action, emotion, and methods for studying the human brain.

 

Locomotion Neuromechanics  
APPH 6232
Instructor: Dr. Young-Hui Chang (yh.chang@ap.gatech.edu)
Credits: 3 hours
Hours: Wednesday 1:05 - 3:55 pm
Location: School of Applied Physiology, Room
Course Description: "Locomotion Neuromechanics" (AP6232) is a twist on the traditional graduate seminar course that is tailored to the individual interests of each year's group of students, but will have a central theme of biomechanics and neural control of locomotor movement. Students will interact on-line (email and Skype) with international experts in their chosen topics each week, helping to foster professional networks and networking skills. Past guests have included experts like: Reggie Edgerton (UCLA), Auke Ijspeert (EPFL), George Lauder (Harvard), John Hutchinson (Royal Veterinary College of London) and Peter Huijing (Vrije Univ.). Students will also practice delivering regular oral presentations on their topic (with critical feedback on presentation style/skills), culminating in their final project, which will be to submit a Wikipedia.org entry or to develop a class/laboratory demonstration. 
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permit from the instructor. 
Required Texts: Readings will be assigned each week from the primary literature based upon course topics chosen.
Topics Include: Some past examples of Wikipedia entries created by students in this course include: "Motor skill consolidation”, "Role of skin in locomotion”, "Parkinsonian gait”, "Locomotor effects of shoes”, "Collective animal behavior”. More topics, links, and info. can be found at: http://www.ap.gatech.edu/Chang/Lab/CNL/APPH6232.html; or by searching for “APPH 6232" on Wikipedia.org

 

Neurophysiology
BMED 4833: Special Topics and BMED 8813: Special Topics
Instructor: Dr. Robert Lee (robert.lee@bme.gatech.edu)
Credits: 3 hours
Hours: Monday/Wednesday 1:35 - 2:55 pm
Location: U.A. Whitaker, Room 1103

 

Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 4011
Instructor: Richard Catrambone (richard.catrambone@psych.gatech.edu)
Credits: 4 hours
Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:05 - 10:55 am
             Thursday 12:05 – 2:55 pm
Location: Weber Space, Science and Technology Building 3, Room 1 and J.S. Coon, Room 248
Course Description: Exploration of the central aspects of human cognition including pattern recognition, attention, memory, language, categorization, problem solving, and decision making; phenomena and methods are stressed. 

 

Topics in Cognition and Brain Science
PSYC 6040
Instructor: Daniel H. Spieler (spieler@gatech.edu)
Credits: 1 hour
Hours: Wednesday 12:05 - 12:55 pm
Location: J.S. Coon, Room 250
Course Description: This course presents current research topics in cognition and brain science. 

 

Topics in Cognitive Aging 
PSYC 6041
Instructor: Christopher Hertzog (christopher.hertzog@psych.gatech.edu)
Credits: 1 hour
Hours: Wednesday 12:05 - 12:55 pm
Location: Weber Space, Science and Technology Building 3, Room 1
Course Description: This course presents current research topics in cognitive aging. 

 

Biopsychology
PSYC 4020
Instructor: Scott D. Moffat (scott.moffat@psych.gatech.edu)
Credits: 3 hours
Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:05 - 9:55 am
Location: J.S. Coon, Room 161
Note that this course is the course to PSYC 3020.
Course Description: What is the structure of the mammalian nervous system? How does the brain support cognitive functions like vision, movement, emotion, and memory in mammals including humans? How do various diseases like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and drug abuse change the structure and the functioning of the nervous system? This class provides students with a fundamental understanding of neurobiology
Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 and BIO 1520

 

Neuroethics
PSYC 4803
Instructor: Scott D. Moffat (scott.moffat@psych.gatech.edu)
Credits: 3 hours
Hours: Wednesday 12:05 - 2:55 pm
Location: J.S. Coon, Room 148
Course Description: Neuroethics is an emerging topic of great interdisciplinary interest that considers the implications of findings in neuroscience (broadly defined) on the culture, society, legal system and on how individuals conceive of their nature as human beings. Exploring ethical concerns around neurogenetics, computer intelligence, brain enhancement, and end-of-life issues, are examples that will be discussed

 

Cognitive Psychology (for non-majors)
PSYC 3012
Instructor: Eric Schumacher (eschu@gatech.edu)
Credits: 3 hours
Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:05 - 10:55 am
Location: J.S. Coon, Room 250
Course Description: Exploration of the central aspects of human cognition including pattern recognition, attention, memory, language, categorization, problem solving, and decision making; phenomena and methods are stressed.