PSY/BSC 340 Brain and Behavior • Spring 2021

Schedule of Classes and Assignments
Last Updated: Feb. 5, 2021

 

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
Mon
Feb 08
General Introduction to Course
Syllabus

Wed
Feb 10
The Biological Approach to Behavior
Introduction• pp. 4-8

Fri
Feb 12
The Genetics of Behavior
Ch. 4.1 •pp. 104-114



Module 2: Nerve Cells and Impulses

2
Mon
Feb 15
Cells of the Central Nervous system [ppt]
Ch. 1.1 • pp. 18-26

Wed
Feb 17
Neural Impulse (a) [ppt]
Ch. 1.2 • pp. 28-38

Fri
Feb 19
Neural Impulse (b) [ppt]




Module 3: Synapses

3
Mon
Feb 22
The Concept of the Synapse
Ch. 2.1 • pp. 42-48

Wed
Feb 24
Chemical Events at the Synapse
Ch. 2.2, pp. 50-61

Fri
Feb 26
Synapses, Drugs, & Addiction (Substance Abuse)
Ch. 14.1 • pop. 460-466



Module 4: Anatomy of the Nervous System

4
Mon
Mar 01
Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System
Ch 3.1 • pp. 68-80

Wed
Mar 03
The Cerebral Cortex (a)
Ch. 3.2, pp. 82-89

Fri
Mar 05
The Cerebral Cortex (b)

5
Mon
Mar 08
Test #1 on Modules 1- 4 via Canvas





Module 5: Research Methods & Networks of the Brain


Wed
Mar 10
Research Methods in Neuropsychology
Ch. 3.3 • pp. 91-99

Fri
Mar 12
Networks of the Brain
Notes from Instructor



Module 6: Development and Plasticity of the Brain

6
Mon
Mar 15
Development of the Brain
Ch. 4.2• pp. 117-133

Wed
Mar 17
Plasticity after Brain Damage
Ch.4.3 • pp. 136-143



Module 7: Vision


Fri
Mar 19
Visual Coding
Ch. 5.1 • pp. 148-159
7
Mon
Mar 22
How the Brain Processes Visual Information
Ch. 5.2 • pp. 162-174

Wed
Mar 24
Parallel Processing in the Visual Cortex
Ch. 5.3 • pp. 177-183

Fri
Mar 26
Review for Test #2

8
Mon
Mar 29
Test #2 on Modules 5-7





Module 8: Wakefulness & Sleep


Wed
Mar 31
Rhythms of Waking and Sleeping
Ch. 8.1 • pp. 258-266

Fri
Apr 02
No Class: Good Friday

9
Mon
Apr 05
Stages of Sleep & Brain Mechanisms; Sleep Disorders
Ch. 8.2 • 268-278

Wed
Apr 07
Why Sleep? Why REM? Why Dreams?
Ch. 8.3 • pp. 280-285



Module 9: Reproductive Behaviors


Fri
Apr 09
Sex and Hormones
Ch. 10.1 • 322-334
10
Mon
Apr 12
Variations in Sexual Behavior
Ch. 10.2 • pp. 337-347



Module 10: Emotional Behaviors


Wed
Apr 14
What is Emotion?
Ch. 11.1 • 352-360

Fri
Apr 16
Attack & Escape Behaviors
Ch. 11.2 • 362-373
11
Mon
Apr 19
Stress & Health
Ch. 11.3 • 376-380

Wed
Apr 21
Review for Test #3


Fri
Apr 23
Test #3 on Modules 8-10





Module 11: Learning & Memory

12
Mon
Apr 26
Learning Memory & Memory Loss; Alzheimer's Disease
Ch. 12.1 • pp. 384-392

Wed
Apr 28
The Hippocampus & the Striatum
Ch. 12.2 • pp. 395-403



Module 12: Cognitive Functions


Fri
Apr 30
Lateralization of Function
Ch. 13.1 • pp. 424-429
13
Mon
May 03
Evolution & Physiology of Language
Ch. 13.1 • pp. 430-438

Wed
May 05
Conscious & Unconscious Processes
Ch. 13.2 • pp. 441-449



Module 13: Psychological Disorders


Fri
May 07
Mood Disorders
Ch. 14.2 • pp. 468-477
14
Mon
May 10
Schizophrenia (a)
Ch. 14.3 • pp. 480-4489

Wed
May 13
Schizophrenia (b) &
COVID-19 Neurological Effects (a)
Notes from Instructor

Fri
May 15
Covid-19 Neurological Effects (b)
Notes from Instructor
15
Mon
May 17
Review for Test #4



Thu
May 20   9 AM  •   PSY 340-01 (11 AM class)  • Test #4 on Modules 11-13


Mon
May 24  12 Noon  •  PSY 340-02 (12 Noon class) • Test #4 on Modules 11-13