Psychology 9251Y

Research Seminar in Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences
Course Outline: Fall 2019 – Winter 2020

Instructor: Dr. Stefan Köhler

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Extension:519-661-2111 ext. 86364

Office: WIRB 5138

Course Description

Faculty and students in Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences and related areas meet every week for one hour (occasionally up to one and a half hours) to report on ongoing research. Some didactic topics are also covered.

Thursdays, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, WIRB 1170.

Half course (0.5); two terms. Course Materials/Textbooks N/A

Methods of Evaluation

Following a general introduction to the course, each of the scheduled sessions will typically include two student presentations. Students will discuss their ongoing thesis research or provide a proposal for their planned thesis research in these presentations. Presentations are scheduled to be 20 min in length, with an additional 10 min for discussion. Presentations are expected to be accompanied by PowerPoint visualization.

Regular course attendance is mandatory. All students registered in the CDBS area are required to give one presentation each academic year. Students are expected to ask questions and participate in the course discussion. Students who miss 3 classes or more over the course of the academic year will be required to complete an additional written assignment for successful completion (i.e., a Pass grade) of this course

All faculty members and students who are present in class will provide anonymous written feedback on student presentations.

Course grades will be Pass/Fail based on presentations and regular attendance as well as participation in discussion.

Statement on Academic Offences
Scholastic offences are taken seriously and students are directed to read the appropriate policy, specifically, the definition of what constitutes a Scholastic Offence, at the following Web site:

All required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to the commercial plagiarism- detection software under license to the University for the detection of plagiarism. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between The University of Western Ontario and (