PSY/BSC 340 Brain and Behavior • Spring 2023

Schedule of Classes and Assignments
Last Updated: January 14, 2023

 

All assignments listed on the right are from Kalat’s (2019, 13th edition) text

  

Week
Day
Date
Topic
Assignment



Module 1: The Major Issues in Biopsychology: General introduction

1
Wed
Jan 18
General Introduction to Course
Syllabus

Fri
Jan 20
The Biological Approach to Behavior
Introduction• pp. 4-8
2 Mon
Jan  23
The Genetics of Behavior
Ch. 4.1 •pp. 104-114



Module 2: Nerve Cells and Impulses


Wed
Jan  25
Cells of the Central Nervous system [ppt]
Ch. 1.1 • pp. 18-26

Fri
Jan  27
Neural Impulse (a) [ppt]
Ch. 1.2 • pp. 28-38
3 Mon
Jan  30
Neural Impulse (b) [ppt]




Module 3: Synapses


Wed
Feb  01
The Concept of the Synapse
Ch. 2.1 • pp. 42-48

Fri
Feb  03
Chemical Events at the Synapse
Ch. 2.2, pp. 50-61
4 Mon
Feb 06
Synapses, Drugs, & Addiction (Substance Abuse)
Ch. 14.1 • pop. 460-466



Module 4: Anatomy of the Nervous System


Wed
Feb  08
Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System Ch 3.1 • pp. 68-80

Fri
Feb  10
The Cerebral Cortex (a) Ch. 3.2, pp. 82-89
5 Mon
Feb  13
The Cerebral Cortex (b) Complete
Ch. 3.2, pp. 82-89




Module 5: Research Methods & Networks of the Brain


Wed Feb  15 Research Methods in Neuropsychology Ch. 3.3 • pp. 91-99

Fri
Feb  17
TBA

6 Mon Feb  20 Test #1 on Modules 1-4 (not Module 5)


Wed
Feb  22
Networks of the Brain See posted class notes



Module 6: Brain Development

Fri
Feb  24
Development of the Brain Ch. 4.2 • pp. 117-133
7 Mon
Feb  27
Plasticity after Brain Damage Ch. 4.3 • pp. 136-143



Module 7: Vision

Wed Mar  01 Visual Coding Ch. 5.1 • pp. 148-159

Fri
Mar  03
Parallel Processing in the Visual Cortex Ch. 5.2 • pp. 162-174
8 Mon Mar  06 Test #2 on Modules 5-7



Module 8: Wakefulness & Sleep

Wed Mar  08 Rhythms of Waking and Sleeping Ch. 8.1 • pp. 258-266

Fri
Mar  10
Stages of Sleep & Brain Mechanisms; Sleep Disorders [Mid-Term Grades]
Ch. 8.2 • pp. 268-278




March 13-17 Spring Break

9
Mon
Mar  20
Why Sleep? Why REM? Why Dreams? Ch. 8.3 • pp. 280-285



Module 9: Reproductive Behaviors

Wed
Mar  22
Sex and Hormones Ch. 10.1 • pp. 322-334

Fri
Mar  24
Variations in Sexual Behavior Ch. 10.2 • pp. 337-347
10
Mon
Mar  27
TBA



Module 10: Emotional Behaviors


Wed
Mar  29
What is Emotion?
Ch. 11.1 • pp. 352-360

Fri
Mar 31
Attack & Escape Behaviors
Ch. 11.2 • pp. 362-373
11
Mon
Apr  03
Stress & Health
Ch. 11.3 • pp. 376-380

Wed
Apr  05
TBA/Review for Test #3




Apr 07-10 (Fri-Mon) Easter Break
12 Wed
Apr  12
Test #3 on Modules 8-10





Module 11: Learning & Memory, Language


Fri
Apr 14
Learning Memory & Memory Loss; Alzheimer's Disease
Ch. 12.1 • pp. 384-392
13 Mon
Apr  17
The Hippocampus & the Striatum
Ch. 12.2 • pp. 395-403

Wed
Apr  19
Lateralization of Function
Ch. 13.1 • pp. 424-429

Fri
Apr 21
McGilchrist's Master and His Emissary (The Divided Brain)
Notes from Instructor
14 Mon Apr  24 Encouraging Mental Health
Ch. 14.2 • pp. 468-477

Wed Apr  26 Evolution & Physiology of Language Ch. 13.1 • pp. 430-438



Module 13: Psychological Disorders

Fri Apr  28
Diagnosing Mental Disorders
Notes from Instructor
15 Mon
May  01
Schizophrenia Ch. 14.3 • pp. 480-489

Wed
May  03
Mood Disorder Ch. 14.2 • pp. 468-477

Fri May  05 Mood Disorder (cont'd)

16
Mon
May  08
Last Class: COVID-10 & Review for Test #4
Notes from Instructor


Thu   May 11   9:00-10:30 am •   PSY/BSC 340-01 (11 am class)  • Test #4 on Modules 11-13


Mon
  May 15   12-1:30 PM   •  PSY/BSC 340-01 (12 Noon class) • Test #4 on Modules 11-13