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Banich, Marie

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  • Prof. Banich's research uses brain imaging techniques to understand the neural systems that allow us to direct our thoughts and actions so that we can prioritize, organize, and target our behavior in a goal-oriented manner, abilities often referred to as executive function. She investigates these issues both in normal individuals as well clinical populations, such as individuals with depression and anxiety, substance use disorder, learning disabilities, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She also takes a developmental perspective, examining how executive functions mature during adolescence. Her research findings have been published in leading journals, including the journal Science. Among her other professional experiences, Prof. Banich has been a member of the MacArthur Foundation on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice, been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Verona, Italy, and co-authored a textbook in Cognitive Neuroscience (4th edition, Cambridge University Press).

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  • cognitive neuroscience, executive function, cognitive control, adolescence, brain imaging, fMRI, interdisciplinary studies, prefrontal cortex, depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use, learning disabilities, individual differences, working memory, genetics

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  • CSCI 6402 - Issues and Methods in Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Interdisciplinary introduction to cognitive science, examining ideas from cognitive psychology, philosophy, education, and linguistics via computational modeling and psychological experimentation. Includes philosophy of mind; learning; categorization; vision and mental imagery; consciousness; problem solving; decision making, and game-theory; language processing; connectionism. No background in Computer Science will be presumed. Same as EDUC 6504 and LING 6200 and PHIL 6310 and PSYC 6200 and SLHS 6402.
  • EDUC 6504 - Issues and Methods in Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Interdisciplinary introduction to cognitive science, examining ideas from cognitive psychology, philosophy, education, and linguistics via computational modeling and psychological experimentation. Department enforced prerequisite: graduate standing or at least one upper-division course in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, or psychology. Same as CSCI 6402 and LING 6200 and PHIL 6310 and PSYC 6200 and SLHS 6402.
  • LING 6200 - Issues and Methods in Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Interdisciplinary introduction to cognitive science, examining ideas from cognitive psychology, philosophy, education, and linguistics via computational modeling and psychological experimentation. Includes philosophy of mind; learning; categorization; vision and mental imagery; consciousness; problem solving; decision making, and game-theory; language processing; connectionism. No background in computer science will be presumed. Recommended prerequisite: at least one course at the 3000-level or higher in CSCI, LING, PHIL, or PSYC. Same as CSCI 6402 and EDUC 6504 and PHIL 6310 and PSYC 6200 and SLHS 6402.
  • NRSC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Senior Thesis credits are available for students during the semester that they write and defend a departmental Honors Thesis. A neuroscience honors thesis must be based on an empirical research project that the student directs/participates in under guidance from a faculty member. Contact the neuroscience director for further information.
  • PHIL 6310 - Issues and Methods in Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Interdisciplinary introduction to cognitive science, examining ideas from cognitive psychology, philosophy, education, and linguistics via computational modeling and psychological experimentation. Includes philosophy of mind; learning; categorization; vision and mental imagery; consciousness; problem solving; decision making, and game-theory; language processing; connectionism. No background in computer science will be presumed. Recommended prerequisite: at least one course at the 3000-level or higher in CSCI, LING, PHIL, or PSYC. Same as CSCI 6402 and EDUC 6504 and LING 6200 and PSYC 6200 and SLHS 6402.
  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.
  • PSYC 5541 - Special Topics in Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Studies and analyzes special interest topics from the broad and diversified field of psychology. Particular section content is determined by instructor. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • PSYC 5825 - Executive Function Proseminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Provides beginning Ph.D. students with an introduction to the study of executive functions. Required proseminar for students in the Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. program. Includes consideration of working memory, inhibition, multi-tasking, monitoring, selection, lifespan changes and social/clinical applications at the cognitive, neural and computational levels. Graduate students in all programs are welcome with instructor consent and advanced undergraduates are welcome with instructor consent.
  • PSYC 6200 - Issues and Methods in Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Interdisciplinary introduction to cognitive science, examining ideas from cognitive psychology, philosophy, education, and linguistics via computational modeling and psychological experimentation. Includes philosophy of mind; learning; categorization; vision and mental imagery; consciousness; problem solving; decision making, and game-theory; language processing; connectionism. No background in computer science will be presumed. Same as CSCI 6402 and EDUC 6504 and LING 6200 and PHIL 6310 and SLHS 6402.
  • PSYC 7215 - Seminar: Experimental Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
    Advanced seminar dealing with different specialized topics, at the discretion of the instructor, in different years. Topics chosen are within the broad range of experimental psychology. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.

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