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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


Biopsychology psychology 230

Biopsychology Internet Page

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


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