PSYCH 121 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Natural Science
Section: 001 The Biopsychology of Sports
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
Does not count toward the requirements for the Psychology major nor the major in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience.
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 class uses sports to introduce and explore key topics in biopsychology. Competition is at the heart of both sports and natural selection, leading to many areas of overlap between sports and biological studies of behavior. For example, many hormone-behavior relationships apply to both animal behavior and sports. Testosterone can both cause changes in behavior and respond to behavior in animals. Testosterone (and similar steroid hormones) is also known to affect sports performance and respond to the outcome of competition (e.g., winning leads to temporary increases in testosterone). Likewise, stress hormones can both respond to competition and influence performance across domains. Other topic pairs include home-field advantage and territoriality; sports analytics and measuring evolutionary fitness; gender differences and sex determination; superstition, streaks and statistical inference; brain injury (CTE) and the neurobiology of behavior.

Course Requirements:

Students will be graded based on participation, exams, and a poster presentation.

Intended Audience:

No data submitted

Class Format:

This is a small class that will use some lecture to introduce concepts and then proceed to group discussions of the primary literature (journal articles).

PSYCH 121 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Natural Science
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Psych 121-002 meets in the Pillsbury Room, East Hall. Take the elevator located at the Church St., Psych side entrance of East Hall to floor "4M".
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Psych 121-006 Topic Title: Thinking
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