Teaching Materials Available!

Our first round of teaching materials is available for download. Access Introductory Class Materials, ERP Analysis Labs, Sample ERP Datasets and more. For an in depth overview of our course materials, you can download a copy of the presentation we gave with the Society for Psychophysiological Research, or watch a recording of the webinar.

PURSUE is…

… a collaborative initiative to facilitate the training of undergraduates in cognitive electrophysiology.  Our site contains instructional tools and teaching materials to guide educators in developing curricula for EEG/ERP classrooms and lab environments.

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.

Animations

Learn about some of the more complex mechanisms behind EEG/ERP data collection. Our animation series feature EEG signal generation and EEG data visualization.

Interactive Simulations

Our interactive simulations explore EEG waveforms by modeling changes in the position, distance, and orientation of the neural source compared to the electrodes.

Video Tutorials

This series of videos helps guide the learner through the four phases of EEG/ERP Lab procedures. Our videos cover preparation, capping, data collection, and data analysis.

EEG/ERP Class Modules

Our introductory and full semester class modules are evidence-based and learner-centered. Ideal for undergraduate education, these materials can be flexibly implemented for any environment.

EEG/ERP Lab Modules

Our lab modules are designed to be used in a full semester course. These modules include lab worksheets, video walkthroughs, educator notes, and more.

EEG/ERP Data Sets

Our data sets contain results from six classic ERP experiments. Use these data to explore classic ERP components and test authentic research questions.

PURSUE News

PURSUE featured in webinar about online teaching resources during COVID-19 pandemic

On Friday, August 21st, 2020, Dr. Bukach, Dr. Couperus, and Dr. Reed joined with Dr. Luck from ERP Boot Camp to discuss online resources for teaching ERP and EEG. This free session was hosted by the Society for Psychophysiological Research. To watch the recording and learn more about using PURSUE materials to teach online during COVID-19, click here.

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/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00549

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.
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