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April 30, 2023

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PSY 340/BSC 340 Brain and Behavior
Lecture Notes (Spring 2023)

Below you will find two different kinds of materials

  • NOTES (or POWERPOINT HANDOUTS) are the complete set of materials that I use for each individual class lecture. You should seriously consider downloading these and printing them out.
  • [OUTLINES] or [POWERPOINTS] are the visual (and sometimes sound) materials for a class that I will use on my computer screen and which I will talk about in each lecture. If we were holding class face-to-face, the OUTLINES or POWERPOINTS would be the material I'd be projecting on a screen in the front of the classroom. There is no need for your to download these.

Module 1: The Major Issues in Biopsychology: General Introduction
Wed Jan 18
Class 01: General Introduction to Course NOTES  [OUTLINE] for First Day of Class
Fri Jan 20
Class 02: The Biological Approach to Behavior NOTES  [OUTLINE]
Mon Jan 23
Class 03: The Genetics of Behavior * NOTES  [OUTLINE]

Module 2: Nerve Cells and Impulses
Wed Jan 25
Class 04: Cells of the Central Nervous System [ppt] [pdf version of PowerPoint 11 pgs.]**

   ** you should probably download the pdf version of the PPT to print out, but you can also download the whole PPT if you want to
Fri Jan 27
Class 05: Neural Impulse (a) [ppt] [pdf version of PowerPoint 7 pgs.]**
** you should probably download the pdf version of the PPT to print out, but you can also download the whole PPT if you want to
Mon Jan 30
Class 06: Neural Impulse (b) NOTES  [OUTLINE]

Module 3: Synapses
Wed Feb 01
Class 07: The Concept of the Synapse NOTES  [OUTLINE]
Fri Feb 03
Class 08: Chemistry of Synaptic Communication, Neurotramitters, Hormones NOTES  [OUTLINE]
Mon Feb 06
Class 09: Synapses, Drugs, & Addiction (Substance Abuse) NOTES  [OUTLINE]

Module 4: Anatomy of the Nervous System
Wed Feb 08
Class 10: Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System  NOTES  [OUTLINE]
Fri Feb 10
Class 11: The Cerebral Cortex (a) NOTES  [OUTLINE]
Mon Feb 13
Class 12: Instructor Illness (cancelled)
Wed Feb 15 Class 13: Instructor Illness (cancelled)
Fri Feb 17 Class 14: The Cerebral Cortex (b) [no new Notes; finish up Class 11]
Mon Feb 20 Test #1 on Modules 1-4

Module 5: Research Methods
Wed Feb 22
Class 16: Research Methods in Neuropsychology/Neuroscience NOTES [OUTLINE]

Module 6: Brain Development
Fri Feb 24
Class 17: Development of the Brain NOTES [OUTLINE]
Mon Feb 27
Class 18: Plasticity after Brain Damage NOTES [OUTLINE]

Wed Mar 01
Class 19: Visual Coding NOTES [OUTLINE]
Fri Mar 03
Class 20: Parallel Processing in the Visual Cortex NOTES in pdf [OUTLINE]
Mon Mar 06
Test #2 on Modules 5-7

Module 8: Vision
Wed Mar 08 Class 22: Rhythms of Waking and Sleeping NOTES [OUTLINE]
Fri Mar 10
Class 23: Stages of Sleep & Brain Mechanisms; Sleep Disorders NOTES [OUTLINE]

Spring Break No Classes March 13-17
Mon Mar 20 Class 24: Why Sleep? Why REM? Why Dreams? NOTES [OUTLINE]

Module 9: Reproductive Behaviors
Wed Mar 22
Class 25: Sex and Hormones NOTES [OUTLINE]
Fri Mar 24
Class 26: Variations in Sexual Behavior NOTES [OUTLINE]
Mon Mar 27
Class 27: TBA

Module 10: Emotional Behaviors
Wed Mar 29
Class 28: What is Emotion? NOTES [OUTLINE]
Fri Mar 31
Class 29: Attack & Escape Behaviors NOTES [OUTLINE]
Mon Apr 03
Class 30: Stress & Health NOTES [OUTLINE]
Wed Apr 05
Class 31: TBA/Review for Test #3

Easter Break No Classes Apr 07-10 (Fri-Mon)
Wed Apr 12 Test #3 on Modules 8-9-10

Module 11: Learning & Memory, Language
Fri Apr 14
Class 33: Learning Memory & Memory Loss; Alzheimer's Disease NOTES [OUTLINE]
Mon Apr 17
Class 34: The Hippocampus & the Striatum NOTES [OUTLINE]
Wed Apr 19
Class 35: Lateralization of Function NOTES [OUTLINE]
Fri Apr 21
Class 36: Encouraging Mental Health
Mon Apr 24
Class 37: McGilchrist's Master and His Emissary (The Divided Brain) NOTES
Wed Apr 26
Class 38: Evolution & Physiology of Language NOTES [OUTLINE]

Module 12: Psychological Disorders
Fri Apr 28
Class 39: Diagnosing Mental Disorders NOTES [OUTLINE]
Mon May 01
Class 40: Schizophrenia NOTES [OUTLINE]
Wed May 03
Class 41: Mood Disorders NOTES [OUTLINE]
Fri May 05
Class 42: Mood Disorders (cont'd)
Mon May 08 Class 43: Test Review & finish Psychological Disorders, if needed


The first version of this page was posted January 18, 2005.