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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

PSYC 126 Systems/Behavioral Neuroscience

The goal of this course is to understand behavior as a product of the brain's neural activity.  As we progress through the course you will see that scientists know a great deal about simple processes such as reflexes, sensory sensations, and simple motor movements, but we know much less about higher cognitive processes such as learning, memory, and emotional feelings.  But ultimately, even these "higher order processes" must be understood in terms of their underlying neural mechanisms.  The course focuses on discussing three major systems within the brain – each of which is important for our underlying behavior.  These systems are sensory, motor, and limbic. Some emphasis will be placed on how the brain is organized from an anatomical perspective and the connections between different brain structures.  This emphasis will complement the first four laboratories where you will have a hands-on experience in examining a sheep's brain.  In the second half of the course you will test animals in a spatial learning task and observe some of the techniques used by neuroscientists to study the brain.  This course is taught in conjunction with PSYC 65 (in the 10 hour).  In addition to the undergraduate portion described above, the graduate students will meet once per week to discuss the covered topics in further depth.  During the first month of the course we will also cover the basis of membrane potentials and synaptic transmission.




18W: 10, with additional sessions to be scheduled at the start of the term