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  1. 1. PSYCHOLOGY 238 BRAIN & BEHAVIOR SPRING 2006 Time: Mon Wed Fri 9:00 – 9:50 am Room: Confer 128 COURSE DESCRIPTION The course provides an introduction to the intersection between two disciplines called “biological psychology”. We will examine the biological bases of behavior, how the brain works and what it does. Goals - • To understand the basic principles of neural communication and neural circuitry. • To apply this knowledge to psychological issues, such as, drug abuse or learning. • To appreciate the many levels of knowledge and exploration of behavior. INSTRUCTOR Janine Wotton Office SS 17 Phone 933-7305 Email jwotton2@gac.edu (email best way to reach me) Office hours: Wednesday or Friday 8 am or by appointment or drop-in. TEXT BOOK Rosenzwieg,M.R., Breedlove, S.M. & Watson, N.V. (2004) Biological Psychology (4th edition), Sunderland, Sinauer Associates. Includes CD Rom ‘Learning Biological Psychology’ (Watson, N.V). You will be expected to be familiar with the material assigned in chapter readings and the CD Rom resource. The CD Rom contains tutorials and activities for each chapter as well as study questions. Additional readings may also be provided. The assigned material may be included in exams. WEB SITE Powerpoint lecture presentations, handouts and information will be at the course website: http://homepages.gac.edu/~jwotton2/PSY238/indexbspring.html You will need to remember the password to get access to the files. 1
  2. 2. GENERAL ORGANIZATION The course is divided into 4 sections. 1. The anatomy and physiology of the nervous system 2. Hormones and chemical information. 3. Sensory and motor systems. 4. Emotions and cognition. Each exam tests the material in a single section. The final is not cumulative but you will be expected to build on your knowledge throughout the course- it will be assumed that you understand the concepts learnt in previous sections and can integrate new knowledge. COURSE EVALUATION Weekly Readings/Discussion 5% Due every Monday (as bolded) Topic paper 10% April 3 Review Paper 10% May 3 Anatomy & Physiology quiz 10% February 20 Exam I 20% March 15 Exam II 20% April 21 Exam III 25% May 22 A passing grade must be achieved in at least 2 exams in order to pass the course. Grading – grades out of 100% and follow standard letter grading system. Cutoffs A 94%, A- 90%, B+ 87%, B 84%, B- 80%, C+ 77%, C 74%, C- 70%, D+ 65%, D 60%, F <60  Each week you will need to find a popular press or newspaper report about current findings in brain research and summarize this in a paragraph.  The topic paper is a review of the scientific information and the political context of the subject currently under debate. Choose either - the use of medical marijuana or FDA approval of drugs for pediatric psychiatry. (approximately 3000 words) You must cite your sources.  The review paper is a written assignment requiring a literature search and integration of information. You must pick choose an area of interest in biological- psychology and write a review paper approximately 3000 words (about 6 single space pages) It must be different from your topic paper. You will need to do a literature search and it is expected that most of your references will be peer-reviewed articles. You may use textbooks and review articles to introduce your topic but the bulk of the information presented should be primary literature that directly reports experimental findings. You must cite your sources. All assignments must be written individually. Any form of academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade. You should be familiar with and abide by the Gustavus Adolphus College Honor Code. 2
  3. 3. TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE - this is tentative and subject to minor changes Date Topic Reading Feb 6 Introduction & Neuroanatomy Ch 1,2 Feb 8 Neuroanatomy - nervous system Ch 2 Feb 10 Cell biology & Neurophysiology Ch 2,3 Feb 13 Neurophysiology -membrane potential Ch 3 Feb 15 Neurophysiology -action potential Ch 3 Feb 17 Neurophysiology - synaptic transmission Ch 3 Feb 20 Quiz Anatomy & Physiology Feb 22 Psychopharmocology – neurotransmitters Ch 4 Feb 24 Psychopharmocology - drugs &addiction Ch 4 Feb 27 Hormones - chemical signals &- regulation Ch 5 March 1 Evolution Ch 6 March 3 Development Ch 7 March 6 Development Ch 7 March 8 Sex - differentiation Ch 12 March 10 Sex - behavior Ch 12 March 13 Homeostasis - food & energy Ch 13 March 15 EXAM 1 March 17 Sensory Processing – basics Ch 8 March 20 Touch Ch 8 March 22 Hearing Ch 9 March 25- April 2 BREAK April 3 Vision **topic paper due** Ch 10 April 5 Vision Ch 10 April 7 Sensation and perception April 10 Motor Control - circuits Ch 11 April 12 Motor Control – programs Ch 11 April 14 - April 17 EASTER April 19 Motor – disorders (Mayday) Ch 11 April 21 EXAM II 3
  4. 4. April 24 Biological Rhythms - sleep Ch 14 April 26 Emotions – stress Ch 15 April 28 Emotions - fear & aggression Ch 15 May 1 Psychopathology - schizophrenia Ch 16 May 3 Psychopathology – depression ** review paper due** Ch 16 May 5 Learning & Memory - what is memory? Ch 17 May 8 Memory - where is memory? Ch 17/18 May 10 Learning & Memory - synaptic changes Ch 18 May 12 Language Ch 19 May 15 Language & Lateralization Ch 19 May 17 Cognition Ch 19 MAY 22 EXAM III 1:00 – 3: 00 pm (Monday) 4

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