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Giulia Mattavelli; Chiara Crespi; Claudia Gianelli

Methods in Cognitive neuroscience: fMRI, EEG, TMS, DTI (a.y. 2019/20)

Programme

This course aims to provide a technical introduction to different methodological approaches used in cognitive neurosciences to investigate the neural bases of cognitive processing, and particularly: a) functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI, VBM, DTI); b) electroencephalography (EEG); neurostimulation (Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (tES) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with neuro-navigation. The course will be mostly based on self-directed learning: after a minimal theoretical introduction to each of these techniques and their main potential pitfalls, attendees will be required to autonomously find solutions and develop analytic skills, for instance on related support-forums and mailing-list (e.g. https://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/support/), also outside the classroom. Attendance is suggested to students willing to put considerable efforts in developing technical skills in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

Execution

Prof. Canessa (24 hours):
8, 15, and 22 June 2020, h. 9-13,
6, 13 and 20 July 2020, h. 9-13.

Dott.ssa Crespi (10 hours):
9 June 2020, h. 10-13,
17 June 2020, h. 10-13,
24 June 2020, h. 9-13.

Dott.ssa Gianelli (10 hours):
8 September 2020, h 10-13,
9 September 2020, h 9,30 -13,30,
11 September 2020,: h 10-13.

Dott.ssa Mattavelli (14 hours):
15 September 2020, h 9,30 -13,30,
16 September 2020, h 10 -13,
22 September 2020, h 9,30 - 13,30,
23 September 2020, h 10 -13.

Bibliography

1) fMRI-VBM
SPM (Statistical Parametric Mapping) website:
https://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/

and particularly the Documentation section:
https://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/doc/

and the email-list section:
https://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/support/

2) DTI
MRIcron software page (dicom2nifti program): https://www.nitrc.org/projects/mricro

FSL toolbox overview (Diffusion MRI tools): https://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fsl/fslwiki/FslOvervie

3) EEG
Eeglab, Matlab Toolbox
https://sccn.ucsd.edu/eeglab/index.php

Fieldtrip, Matlab Toolbox
http://www.fieldtriptoolbox.org

ICA-EEG
https://sccn.ucsd.edu/~scott/pdf/Makeig_Onton_LuckERP11.pdf

On Electrical Neuroimaging (ask CG):
https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/electrical-neuroimaging/DB6F5991EF51762172A59823E132905E


4) tDCS
http://www.COMETStool.com

Huang, Y., Datta, A., Bikson, M., & Parra, L. C. (2019). Realistic volumetric-approach to simulate transcranial electric stimulation—ROAST—a fully automated open-source pipeline. Journal of Neural Engineering, 16(5), 056006. https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-2552/ab208d

5) TMS
Introductory book on TMS (ask CG):
https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation

On Motor-evoked potentials (MEPs):
http://www.bestmannlab.com/images/uploads/bestmannEBR.pdf

For analysis of MEPs:
Veta, toolbox for EMG visualization and processing https://github.com/greenhouselab/Veta

6) TMS-EEG
Belardinelli, P., Biabani, M., Blumberger, D. M., Bortoletto, M., Casarotto, S., David, O., … Ilmoniemi, R. J. (2019). Reproducibility in TMS–EEG studies: A call for data sharing, standard procedures and effective experimental control. Brain Stimulation, 12(3), 787–790. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2019.01.010

Exam

Credits: 5

Nicola Canessa

Associate Professor in Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology

Claudia Gianelli

Research fellow

Giulia Camilla Mattavelli

Senior Researcher of Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology

Cycle :  XXXIII, XXXIV, XXXV

Course type : Type c

Period: Semester II

Academic year: 2019-2020

Place : Classroom 1-17

Duration : 48 hours