PSYCH 230 - Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Cost:
50-100
Enforced Prerequisites:
(PSYCH 111 or 112 or 114 or 115) or (BIOLOGY 162 or 163 or 171 or 172 or 195).
Advisory Prerequisites:
Basic familiarity with biology and chemistry.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course surveys the field of Biopsychology. It introduces the kinds of questions traditionally addressed by physiological and comparative psychologists. Biopsychology is the study of how psychological processes relate to the brain and to evolution. A major focus is on how brain processes cause psychological events and behavior, and how psychological events are encoded in the brain (physiological psychology or behavioral neuroscience). Another focus is on how psychological processes (e.g., perception, cognition) differ across different species, and on how psychological processes have been shaped by evolutionary pressures (comparative or evolutionary psychology). Topics will include: principles of behavioral evolution that have shaped current behavior and physiological processes; the anatomy and operation of brain systems relevant to mind and behavior, and their relation to psychoactive drugs; neural mechanisms of normal action, perception, motivation, learning, and cognition in humans and other species.

NOTE: This course is a prerequisite for many upper-level courses in Biopsychology.

Course Requirements:

Typically three multiple choice exams along with a participation component are used to evaluate lectures. LectureTools will be used to determine lecture participation, note taking, question and answer, etc. Thus, either a laptop, smartphone, ipad, or text-capable phone will be needed. Laptops offer the most versatile solution. Discussion sections are evaluated based on quizzes, participation, and written commentaries on contemporary literature.

Intended Audience:

PSYCH 230 is intended primarily for sophomores and second-term first-year students who plan on majoring in BCN or Neuroscience and have ALREADY taken a course in introductory psychology. We strongly discourage the rare, but occasional situation in which students enroll in another lecture or lab course that meets at the same time as the lecture in PSYCH 230.

Class Format:

The course consists of a lecture and discussion sections. Students must register for the lecture and for one discussion section. Attendance is required.

PSYCH 230 - Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
11949
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: All sections meet from the 1st day of class, even if they occur before the 1st lecture.
002 (DIS)
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11950
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
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11951
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Tu 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
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11952
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
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20238
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Tu 8:00AM - 9:00AM
006 (DIS)
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11953
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
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20239
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1
 
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F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
008 (DIS)
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11954
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Tu 6:00PM - 7:00PM
009 (DIS)
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11955
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Tu 5:00PM - 6:00PM
010 (DIS)
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11956
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Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
011 (DIS)
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11957
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
012 (DIS)
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16403
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
013 (DIS)
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20321
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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Note:
The text is not required but is strongly recommended. The original publisher of the book (Sinauer) has been made a part of Oxford University Press, in case you run in to any confusion.
ISBN: 9781605354187
Behavioral Neuroscience, Author: S. Marc Breedlove and Neil V. Watson, Publisher: Oxford University Press 8TH
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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