February 1, 2021
Syllabus Spring 2021
ďNeuroscience is by far the most exciting branch of science because the brain is the most fascinating object in the universe. Every human brain is different - the brain makes each human unique and defines who he or she is.Ē Stanley Prusiner (Nobel Prize Winner)
Email AddressOffice Hours
webpage: http://www.hevern.com = http://web.lemoyne.edu/~hevern/
Direct contact with students outside of class time on Zoom will be either (a) via email if you wish to send me questions or concerns or (b) through face-to-face online meetings either in Zoom or, as I actually prefer, by FaceTime (FT). In general, I will be available after lunch on Tuesdays and Thursday and, after 3:50 pm, on Mondays and Wednesdays.
James W. (2019). Biological
ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/CENGAGE.
|Format of Course||As
I've previously told you in an email, this course is
being offered at a distance (that is, online)
but in real time (synchronously). As someone who
is above 70 years old and lives with many other Jesuit
priests even older, I am being as cautious as possible
during this pandemic.
The link to each class section's ZOOM session can be found within CANVAS. You may want to bookmark that link since it will be the one that will be used for every one of our classes.
I will NOT require that you have your video on during Zoom. But, I strongly urge you to do so. Why? Three reasons: (1) teachers are better in doing their jobs when they can see the non-verbal cues in the faces of their students and can adjust their presentations accordingly; (2) there is research that shows that students learn better when there is a greater interaction between themselves and the teacher; and (3) by being visible to your classmates, students build up a greater sense of personal relationship with other students.
I WILL require that you use your actual name on the screen (and not your telephone number or some other ID).
Lecture Notes, Schedule, Syllabus. My complete lecture notes for each class and an outline of each lecture (or a PowerPoint presentation) will be posted online via my faculty webpage [http://www.hevern.com = http://web.lemoyne.edu/~hevern/] and all links will also be available within CANVAS. The class schedule and assigned readings are also found there. Finally I also include a copy of this syllabus in pdf form. Lecture notes will be available by the morning of the assigned class.
|College COVID-19 Guidelines||Though this
course is being taught at a distance online, we faculty
have been asked to alert students to the College's
COVID-19 policies, particularly regarding behavior on
campus, in buildings and classes. Here is a link to the formal
College guidelines regarding COVID-19.
|A study of the relationship of the
brain and body to behavior. Emphasis is on the central
nervous system. Topics include neuroanatomy, neural cell
processes, hemispheric functions, hormonal regulation of
behavior, physiological mechanisms involved in
attention, arousal and sleep, and the neural bases of
emotions learning and memory and psychological
disorders. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or permission of the
This upper-level course is designed primarily for psychology majors as a general survey of psychology from the neuroscientific, physiological or biological perspective. It has been designed under the conviction that no psychologist can think of serving productively within the many specialties of the discipline over the next decades without a competent and broad understanding of the functioning of the central nervous system.
At the end of this course, students are expected to be able to demonstrate
Your are expected to
participate in class by joining in each of the three
weekly class lectures offered via Zoom.
What about absences, that is,
your not participating in the class lecture?
When I hold my classes face-to-face, I give students
the right to miss up to 5 classes ("cuts") before
their grade is penalized. I will use that same
standard in this distance course online. I will use
the Zoom record of your viewing the class lectures
both to record if you are "absent" and as a partial
guide to your participation grade. I will begin
"taking attendance" on Wednesday, Feb. 17, the middle
of the the second week of the semester.
|Observance of Religious Holidays
||As provided in
New York State Education Law Section 224-a, any student
who is unable to register for class, attend class, or
participate in any examination, study or classwork
requirements on a particular day because of his or her
religious beliefs is eligible for an equivalent
opportunity to register for classes or make up any
missed examination, study, or classwork requirements,
without penalties or additional fees. Students who
require such an opportunity must contact the registrar
(for registration) or their instructor (for examination,
study or classwork requirements) at least two weeks in
advance. A full copy of the College's policy on the
observance of religious holidays can be found at either
|Reading Assignments||When you come to class, I expect
that you will be prepared. This means that you will have
completed the readings assigned for the class.
Assignments are due on the first date indicated for each
topic on the accompanying "Schedule of Classes and
|Course Tests||Four (4) summary examinations will
be given in this course as noted on the accompanying "Schedule of Classes and
Assignments". Each test will be worth 22.5% of
your final grade. Absence from any exam without proof
that attendance at that exam was extremely difficult or
impossible will result in a grade of F for that
examination. Ordinarily such proof would require
authorization from the Dean of Students, a signed
explanation by a physician, or the like. A "made-up"
exam may include both a written and an oral section.
Tests are only given on scheduled dates; there are no
The Le Moyne College Student Handbook describes a broad range of behavioral expectations and guidelines for students. You should be aware of the importance of ethical behavior as you begin the study of psychology.
Psychologists are expected to
follow the guidelines of the American Psychological
Association in regard to their professional conduct.
These norms can be found online at <http://www.apa.org/ethics/>.
| (1) Dealing
with Personal Issues arising from class
This is an undergraduate course in biological psychology; you are not finishing a postdoctoral fellowship at Upstate Hospital's Neurology Service. Even though we will discuss many issues involving the relationship between the brain and behavior, you will not be in a position to "diagnose" the problems of another person (including yourself). Beware of the "Harvard Medical School Syndrome" which involves 1st year medical students who become convinced that they "have" any number of illnesses covered in their Introductory Pathology class.
If any material in this
course evokes difficulties or unease in you, please
feel free to consult me confidentially. It is
conceivable that we may discuss medical or other
materials which mirror what you may be experiencing in
your own family. Perhaps, some family member faced an
illness or problem in the past and you are still upset
about this. Perhaps you yourself have faced the issue.
I would like to be able to help you find ways of
coping with such matters.
|(2) Students with Personal Problems
encounter personal problems of any kind,
especially problems that might affect their
academic performance, are encouraged to contact the
Wellness Center for Health and Counseling (https://www.lemoyne.edu/Student-Life/Student-Services/Wellness-Center).
The Center is located in Romero Hall; appointments
may be arranged by phone at 445-4195. The Center
provides both individual and group counseling on a
strictly confidential basis. The professional staff is
also available on an emergency basis. When the Wellness
Center is closed, for example, at night, the Le Moyne
Security office (315-445-4444 or ext. 4444 on campus)
can contact the professional staff for an
|(3) Disabilities or Special Needs||Your access in
this course is important. Any student who feels s/he may
need an accommodation based on the impact of a
disability should contact the instructor privately to
discuss your specific needs. You should also meet with
someone from Disability Support Services (DSS) about
your disability and accommodation needs. The DSS
office is located on the first floor of the library
(315-445-4118; email@example.com). This should take place
within the first 2 weeks of the semester.
|(4) Issues of Cheating and Plagiarism||
Cheating and lying are unacceptable at Le Moyne as stated clearly under "Academic Standards" in the Student Handbook. Plagiarism or cheating in any form is simply wrong. Please reread the section on "Academic Standards" in the Student Handbook to review what is meant by these terms.
Recall that plagiarism involves the submission of any thoughts or formulations of other people without their being cited or given credit for those thoughts/formulations. For this reason, in any written materials submitted to me:
|(5) Confidentiality and Sensitive Matters||It
is possible that we may discuss materials in class that
elicit autobiographical statements of some depth and
sensitivity from a class member. You are responsible for
maintaining the confidentiality of classroom matters
that involve another student who speaks about any
personal experience or difficulty (unless that student
openly gives you permission to break the confidence).
Similarly, I should tell you that, to illustrate a
point, I will make statements in class from time to time
which involve my past contact with clients in my
professional work. In all instances, such
statements will disguise or otherwise alter the identity
of that client so that, while the educational point of
the statement will be true, some essential personal
fact(s) about the client will be false. I
will regularly distort descriptions of any past
|Components of Final Grade||
Your grade in this course
will be determined as a weighted average calculated
from your performance on the following five evaluative
components which add up to a total of 500 points.
|Conversion Criteria in Grading||Your
final grade will be based upon the following conversion
criteria (as the sum of all of your work):
|Class Participation and Discussions||
What do I mean by participation? You demonstrate participation in ways such as the following:
In general, a participation
grade of A- or A is given to students who make
contributions (asking questions, making observations,
etc.) in at least half the classes. A participation
grade of B or B+ is given to students who make
contributions at least once in every 5 to 6
|Privacy & Copyright
students and I have an expectation that classroom
discussions and presentations are meant only for class
participants. We also have a reasonable expectation that
students and the instructor will respect each others'
privacy including, as noted earlier, maintaining
confidentiality about personal matters discussed in
This course is being administered online. The college's policy is that students must receive written permission from an instructor before sharing or posting in any other location any recording of class lectures or distributing comments or discussion materials involving the instructor or any students in the class. The penalties for unauthorized recording, sharing, distribution or retention of materials may range up to expulsion from the college. Note that this policy is college-wide, that all my own class lectures and presentations are Copyright © 2021 by me, and that violation of this policy allows me to penalize an offender with a failing mark in the course.
Students can receive "extra
credit" according to the following option
Option A: Substituting for
One Low Exam Grade
Students may read one non-fiction book directly related to the issue of brain and behavior. Preference is given for the books of Dr. Oliver Sacks, Dr. Temple Grandin, or Dr. Alexander Luria. Until his death in 2015 Dr. Sacks was a famous neurologist who has worked with people with brain injury. He has written a number of books which are excellent adjunct readings to the materials of this course. In order to gain extra credit, you would be expected to read the book and write a 5 to 10 page book review (typed with according to APA standards as described here). See me if you elect to take this option. The grade on this option can then substitute for the lowest grade on any of the exams. The titles of the eligible books are
For a more detailed
description of what I want you to do for Option A,
please go to this
|"Early Tests"||A test is never
given before or in anticipation of its scheduled date.
|Please Note...||Students have the right to
voice opinions contrary to those offered by the
instructor and/or other students. Equally, a faculty
member has the right - and the
- to ensure that all academic discourse occurs
in a context characterized by respect and civility.
The accepted level of civility would not include
attacks of a personal nature or statements denigrating
another on the basis of race, sex, religion, sexual
orientation, age, national/regional origin or other
such factors. Students who are not respectful, not
civil, or disruptive in any way may be asked to leave
|Bias-Related Incidents||Le Moyne College
defines a bias-related incident as behavior that
constitutes an expression of hostility against the
person or property of another because of the targeted
personís race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity,
national origin, gender, age, or disability.
Bias-related incidents include, but are not limited to,
non-threatening name calling and using degrading
language or slurs that are directed toward a
person because of his or her membership or perceived
membership in a protected class and that create a
hostile environment for that person.
Students who believe they have experienced bias or discrimination are encouraged to report the incident. Please refer to Le Moyneís Bias-Related Incident Reporting webpage to submit a report and for further information.
|Title IX||Students who
believe they have been harassed, discrimination against,
or involved in sexual violence should contact the
Title IX Coordinator (315-445-4278) for information
about campus resources and support services,
including confidential counseling services.
Le Moyne faculty are concerned about the well-being and development of our students and we are available to discuss your concerns. As faculty, we are obligated to share information with the Collegeís Title IX coordinator to help ensure that the studentís safety and welfare are being addressed, consistent with the requirements of the law. These disclosures include, but are not limited to, reports of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
Please refer to Le Moyne's Sexual Misconduct Resources webpage for contact information and further details.