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May 8, 2022

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PSY 340/BSC 340 Brain and Behavior
Lecture Notes (Spring 2022)

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 19
Class 01: General Introduction to Course NOTES  [OUTLINE] for First Day of Class
Fri Jan 21
Class 02: The Biological Approach to Behavior NOTES  [OUTLINE]
Mon Jan 24
Class 03: The Genetics of Behavior * NOTES  [OUTLINE]

Module 2: Nerve Cells and Impulses
Wed Jan 26
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

Fri Jan 28
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
Mon Jan 31
Class 06: Neural Impulse (b) NOTES  [OUTLINE]

Module 3: Synapses
Wed Feb 02
Class 07: The Concept of the Synapse NOTES  [OUTLINE]
Fri Feb 04
Class 08: Chemistry of Synaptic Communication, Neurotramitters, Hormones NOTES  [OUTLINE]
Mon Feb 07
Class 09: Synapses, Drugs, & Addiction (Substance Abuse) NOTES  [OUTLINE]

Module 4: Anatomy of the Nervous System
Wed Feb 09
Class 10: Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System  (Cancelled, Instructor Illness)
Fri Feb 11
Class 10: Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System  NOTES  [OUTLINE]
Mon Feb 14
Class 11: The Cerebral Cortex (a) NOTES  [OUTLINE]
Wed Feb 16
Class 12: The Cerebral Cortex (b) [no new Notes; finish up Class 11]

Module 5: Research Methods & Networks of the Brain
Fri Feb 18
Class 13: Research Methods in Neuropsychology NOTES [OUTLINE]
(NOT on Test #1, but on Test #2)
Mon Feb 21 Test #1 on Modules 1-4
Wed Feb 23
Class 14: Networks of the Brain NOTES [Outline]

Module 6: Development & Plasticity of the Brain
Fri Feb 25 Class 15: Development of the Brain (Cancelled, Snow Day)
Mon Feb 28 Class 15: Development of the Brain  NOTES [Outline]
Wed Mar 02 Class 16: Plasticity After Brain Damage  NOTES [Outline]

Module 7: Vision
Fri Mar 04 Class 17: Visual Coding  NOTES [Outline]
Mon Mar 07
Class 18: Parallel Processing in the Visual Cortex  [Outline]

Module 8: Wakefulness & Sleep 
Wed Mar 09 Class 19: Rhythms of Waking and Sleeping  NOTES [Outline]
 Fri Mar 11
Class 20: Stages of Sleep & Brain Mechanisms; Sleep Disorders  NOTES [Outline]

March 14-18 Spring Break
Mon Mar 21 Class 21: Why Sleep? Why REM? Why Dreams?  NOTES [Outline]
Wed Mar 23 Test #2 on Modules 5, 6 & 7 (not Module 8)

 Module 9: Reproductive Behaviors
Fri Mar 25 Class 22: Sex and Hormones  NOTES [Outline]
Mon Mar 28 Class 23: Variations in Sexual Behavior  NOTES [Outline]

 Module 10: Emotional Behaviors
Wed Mar 30 Class 24: What is Emotion?   NOTES [Outline]
Fri Apr 01 Class 25: Attack & Escape Behaviors   NOTES [Outline]
Mon Apr 04 Class 26: Stress & Health   NOTES [Outline]
Wed Apr 06 Class 27: Complete Mod 10/Test Review
Fri Apr 08 Test #3 on Modules 8, 9, & 10

Module 11: Learning & Memory
Mon Apr 11
Class 28: Learning, Memory & Memory Loss; Alzheimer's Disease  NOTES [Outline]
Wed Apr 13 Class 29: The Hippocampus & the Striatum  NOTES [Outline]

Easter Break April 14-18 (Thu-Mon)

Module 12: Cognitive Functions
Wed Apr 20 Class 30: Lateralization of Function  NOTES [Outline]
Fri Apr 22 Class 31: McGilchrist's The Master and His Emissary (The Divided Brain)  NOTES
Mon Apr 25 Class 31a: Encouraging Mental Health (Dolphy Day)
Wed Apr 27 Class 32: Evolution & the Physiology of Language  NOTES [Outline]

Module 13: Psychological Disorders
Fri Apr 29 Class 33: Diagnosing Mental Disorders  NOTES [Outline]
Mon May 02 Class 34: Schizophrenia  NOTES [Outline]
Wed May 04 Class 35: Mood Disorders  NOTES [Outline]
Fri May 06 Class 36: Complete Psychological Disorders
Mon May 09 Class 37: COVID-19: Some Neuropsychological and Neurobiological Findings  [pdf format]
  • Review for Test #4 (Last Class)
  • Via Zoom


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