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Biopsychology (Psychology 230). Course Content, Organization, & Requirements. Course Content. Surveys the relationship between brain function (e.g., neurons, neurotransmitters) and behavior (e.g., movement, psychopathology) Course content covers three primary areas

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biopsychology psychology 230

Biopsychology(Psychology 230)

Course Content,

Organization, & Requirements

course content
Course Content
  • Surveys the relationship between brain function (e.g., neurons, neurotransmitters) and behavior (e.g., movement, psychopathology)
  • Course content covers three primary areas
    • an examination of neurons and neurotransmitters
    • a brief overview of sensory/motor systems
    • examples illustrating how the brain influences simple and complex behaviors
background prerequisites
Background & Prerequisites
  • Introductory Psychology
    • conditioning & learning theory
    • biological mechanisms of behavior
  • Basic biology & chemistry
learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • Develop foundation for advanced study of specialized topics in biopsychology and behavioral neuroscience
    • neurons
    • neuroanatomy
    • neurotransmitter systems
    • experimental methods
    • introduction to psychopharmacology
    • examples of applications to psychology
course caveats
Course Caveats
  • In addition to developing new concepts, vocabulary building is also emphasized
  • Knowledge is cumulative
  • A large number of factual elements and new terms are necessary to develop the key concepts of the course
    • the reading and memorization load is heavy throughout the course
  • This is NOT your usual ‘psych.’ course
instructional format
Instructional Format
  • Primarily textbook-based instruction
    • following outline of textbook
    • heavy reading load
  • Supplementary lecture material
  • Some discussions
  • Possible laboratory demonstrations
  • Class attendance essential
  • Internet access mandatory
course material
Course Material
  • Carlson’s Physiology of Behavior
  • Lecture presentations
  • Discussion group postings
  • Online resources
  • Reserve list at UGL
course grade
Course Grade
  • Based on three equally weighted exams administered during regularly scheduled class periods
    • major emphasis on textbook material but other material will also be included
      • lectures
      • online tutorials
      • UGL reserve list
    • make-up exams allowed only under exceptional circumstances
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Biopsychology Internet Page

http://wings.buffalo.edu/aru/B00Fhome.html

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