Neuroimaging and Brain Stimulation Technologies
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
16 June 2022
Requisites for this module
CE151 and CE171
BENGH169 Neural Engineering with Psychology,
BENGH170 Neural Engineering with Psychology (including Placement Year),
BENGH171 Neural Engineering with Psychology (including Year Abroad),
BENGH172 Neural Engineering with Psychology (including Foundation Year),
BSC H167 Neural Technology with Psychology,
BSC H168 Neural Technology with Psychology (including Year Abroad),
BSC H176 Neural Technology with Psychology (including Placement Year)
The aim of this course is for the student to become familiar with most of the present-day neuroimaging and neuro-stimulation methods used in neuroscience and neural engineering and to provide practical experience of applying some of these methodologies, including interpreting neuroimaging data.
In the Neuroimaging and Brain-stimulation Technologies module you will:
1. be introduced to the main neuroimaging and brain stimulation technologies used in Neural Engineering,
2. gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of such technologies,
3. acquire a basic practical experience on how to apply a subset of such techniques,
4. be able to analyse and interpret brain signals acquired through a subset of neuroimaging technologies,
5. gain an understanding of the advantages and limitations of such techniques.
At the end of the module you should:
1. understand the relationships between different neuroimaging and stimulation technologies as well as their advantages and limitations,
2. be able to interpret the data from a subset of neuroimaging technologies,
3. understand which features of brain activity each neuroimaging technology can measure,
4. understand in which ways brain stimulation technologies affect brain activity,
5. have a practical understanding of how to apply a subset of neuroimaging and brain stimulation technologies.
Comprehensive introduction to the following neuro-imaging techniques, including basic principles, type of neural activity being recorded, advantages/disadvantages and differences:
1. Electroencephalography (EEG)
2. Functional near infra-red spectroscopy (fNIRS)
3. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
Introduction to the following neuro-stimulation techniques, including basic principles, type of neural activity being affected, advantages/disadvantages and differences:
4. Transcranial magnetic (TMS) and electrical (tES) stimulation
Theoretical and hands-on experience with interpretation of brain-imaging data through visualisation and analysis techniques.
The module is an autumn term module comprising 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of practical laboratory each week. In some of the laboratory sessions students will visualise and analyse brain-imaging data using software developed at Essex, standard tools, and potentially also specialised Python or Matlab packages. In other sessions the students will make use of the facilities available in the Essex BCI-NE laboratory to gain practical experience with a subset of the available brain-stimulation and neuro-imaging technologies.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period)
||Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period)
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sebastian Halder, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Sebastian Halder
School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770
No external examiner information available for this module.
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No lecture recording information available for this module.
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