PURSUE is a collaborative initiative to facilitate the training of undergraduates in cognitive electrophysiology. The PURSUE team has set out to work with faculty from primarily undergraduate institutions across the country to create engaging, evidence-based educational materials and a faculty-learning community that will provide support and encouragement.
Cognitive Electrophysiology is a direct measure of brain activity measured through electrodes placed on the scalp. It includes electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potentials (ERP). EEG/ERP studies examine changes in scalp-recorded brain electrical activity corresponding to cognitive processing in real time.
Two new interactive simulations published on PURSUE website
Interactive simulations 2 and 3 demonstrate how the distance and orientation of the neural signal impacts on the distribution of EEG waveforms measured on the scalp. These simulations can be used in classrooms and labs to teach students about the source of the EEG signal.
PURSUE group publishes article in Frontiers Psychology Mar. 2019
The PURSUE group article in Frontiers Psychology features our work on the PURSUE project (Bukach, Stewart, Couperus and Reed, 2019. Using collaborative models to overcome obstacles to undergraduate publication in cognitive neuroscience. Frontiers in Psychology 10:549).
Read the article here: https://doi.org/10.
First Faculty Workshop!
On June 20-22, 2017, the PURSUE group hosted our first participating faculty workshop to design a 12-module full-semester ERP course for undergraduates, and to establish the learning goals for each module according to a backwards course design procedure. The workshop was held at the University of Richmond, and faculty from 9 primarily undergraduate institutions attended. Fun was had by all!
NSF IUSE Funds PURSUE
Bukach, Couperus and Reed received $600,000 from NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program to develop undergraduate curricula to teach electrophysiology, collect a database from classic ERP experiments for use in lab activities, create a website to host these materials, and establish a faculty learning community.