PSY/BSC 340 Brain and Behavior • Spring 2022

Schedule of Classes and Assignments
Last Updated:  April 26, 2022

 

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 19
General Introduction to Course
Syllabus

Fri
Jan 21
The Biological Approach to Behavior
Introduction• pp. 4-8
2 Mon
Jan  24
The Genetics of Behavior
Ch. 4.1 •pp. 104-114



Module 2: Nerve Cells and Impulses


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

Fri
Jan  28
Neural Impulse (a) [ppt]
Ch. 1.2 • pp. 28-38
3 Mon
Jan  31
Neural Impulse (b) [ppt]




Module 3: Synapses


Wed
Feb  02
The Concept of the Synapse
Ch. 2.1 • pp. 42-48

Fri
Feb  04
Chemical Events at the Synapse
Ch. 2.2, pp. 50-61
4 Mon
Feb 07
Synapses, Drugs, & Addiction (Substance Abuse)
Ch. 14.1 • pop. 460-466



Module 4: Anatomy of the Nervous System


Wed
Feb  09
Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System [instructor Illness]
Ch 3.1 • pp. 68-80

Fri
Feb  11
Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System
Ch 3.1 • pp. 68-80
5 Mon
Feb  14
The Cerebral Cortex (a)
Ch. 3.2, pp. 82-89

Wed
Feb  16
The Cerebral Cortex (b) Complete




Module 5: Research Methods & Networks of the Brain


Fri
Feb  18
Research Methods in Neuropsychology
Ch. 3.3 • pp. 91-99
6 Mon Feb  21 Test #1 on Modules 1-4

Wed
Feb  23
Networks of the Brain See posted class notes



Module 6: Brain Development

Fri
Feb  25
Development of the Brain [Class cancelled - Snow Day] Ch. 4.2• pp. 117-133
7 Mon
Feb  28
Development of the Brain Ch. 4.2 • pp. 117-133

Wed Mar  02 Plasticity after Brain Damage Ch. 4.3 • pp. 136-143



Module 7: Vision

Fri
Mar  04
Visual Coding Ch. 5.1 • pp. 148-159
8 Mon
Mar  07
Parallel Processing in the Visual Cortex Ch. 5.2 • pp. 162-174



Module 8: Wakefulness & Sleep

Wed
Mar  09
Rhythms of Waking and Sleeping Ch. 8.1 • pp. 258-266


Fri
Mar  11
Stages of Sleep & Brain Mechanisms; Sleep Disorders Ch. 8.2 • pp. 268-278



March 14-18 Spring Break

9
Mon
Mar  21
Why Sleep? Why REM? Why Dreams? Ch. 8.3 • pp. 280-285

Wed
Mar  23
Test #2 on Modules 5-7



Module 9: Reproductive Behaviors


Fri
Mar  25
Sex and Hormones
Ch. 10.1 • pp. 322-334
10
Mon
Mar  28
Variations in Sexual Behavior
Ch. 10.2 • pp. 337-347



Module 10: Emotional Behaviors


Wed
Mar  30
What is Emotion?
Ch. 11.1 • pp. 352-360

Fri
Apr  01
Attack & Escape Behaviors
Ch. 11.2 • pp. 362-373
11
Mon
Apr  04
Stress & Health
Ch. 11.3 • pp. 376-380

Wed
Apr  06
TBA/Review for Test #3


Fri
Apr  08
Test #3 on Modules 8-10





Module 11: Learning & Memory

12
Mon
Apr  11
Learning Memory & Memory Loss; Alzheimer's Disease
Ch. 12.1 • pp. 384-392

Wed
Apr  13
The Hippocampus & the Striatum
Ch. 12.2 • pp. 395-403



Apr 15-18 (Fri-Mon) Easter Break




Module 12: Cognitive Functions

13 Wed
Apr  20
Lateralization of Function
Ch. 13.1 • pp. 424-429

Fri
Apr  22
McGilchrist's Master and His Emissary (The Divided Brain)
Notes from Instructor
14 Mon Apr  25 Encouraging Mental Health (DD)
Ch. 14.2 • pp. 468-477

Wed Apr  27 Evolution & Physiology of Language Ch. 13.1 • pp. 430-438



Module 13: Psychological Disorders

Fri Apr  29
Diagnosing Mental Disorders
Notes from Instructor
15 Mon
May  02
Schizophrenia Ch. 14.3 • pp. 480-489

Wed
May  04
Mood Disorder Ch. 14.2 • pp. 468-477

Fri May  06 Mood Disorder (cont'd)

16
Mon
May  09
Last Class: COVID-10 & Review for Test #4
Notes from Instructor


Fri   May 13   12-1:30 PM  •   PSY/BSC 340-02 (12 Noon class)  • Test #4 on Modules 11-13


Mon
  May 16   12-1:30 PM   •  PSY/BSC 340-01 (11 AM class) • Test #4 on Modules 11-13