PSYC480-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Special Topic: Computational Contemplative-Neuroscience

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course is highly interdisciplinary and provides students with competency in applying computational neuroscience techniques in researching and understanding concepts in contemplative neurosciences. Contemplative neurosciences are an emerging field of enquiry that focus on the changes within the mind, brain, and body as a result of contemplative practices, or more broadly practises that provide an experience of self-transcendence; these include practice of mindfulness-based meditation, contemplative walking, or yoga. The course is interdisciplinary with a wide ranging learning objectives, from designing experiments to obtaining EEG data from subjects engaged in a contemplative activity, to EEG data analysis, and dissemination of findings. Study modes in this course include, reading and analysing primary literature, completion of an independent research project that further develops research and computational skills, and articulation of research findings in oral format by giving a class group presentation.

Note: No prior neuroscience or programming expertise/experience is needed. The course will address these from the basic levels.


Subject to approval of the Head of School.
Recommended preparation: Bachelors of Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Bachelor of Data Science, or
Bachelor of Health Sciences

Recommended Preparation

Bachelors of Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Bachelor of Data Science, or Bachelor of Health Sciences

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 12:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator

Usman Afzali


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Class Participation 10%
Written Labs 20%
Literature Review/Essay 10%
Oral Group Presentation 20%
Individual Lab Report 40%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the departments and faculties page .

All PSYC480 Occurrences

  • PSYC480-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023