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PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY PSYC 465(565) section . 003/.004 Spring session, 2013 Bryan D. Devan, Ph.D. Class Meeting : CLA Bldg , Room LA 3105, Mon & Wed, Section .003 : 2:00–3:15 pm Section .004 : 3:30–4:45 pm Office and Phone : LA3146; 410.704.3727
Class Meeting: CLA Bldg, Room LA 3105, Mon & Wed,
Section.003: 2:00–3:15 pm
Section .004: 3:30–4:45 pm
Office and Phone: LA3146; 410.704.3727
Office Hours: Mon/Tue: 1-2 pm; Wed/Thur,12-1 pm; Fri, 11 am -12 pm
Email: [email protected]
Class website: http://pages.towson.edu/bdevan/PSYC-465%20slides.htm
Other resources: http://pages.towson.edu/bdevan/Physio_Psych.htm
Lab website (LCN): http://pages.towson.edu/bdevan/LCN.htm (Internet Explorer only)
This is the course Textbook
You could use these alternatives
2009, 7th ed.
2006, 6th ed.
But you are responsible for ALL
assigned material from the new edition
2.5 hours of lecture per week.
You may remain in this course only if you have passed a General Biology course with at least a grade of "C" (2.00 GPA) in that course. Among the courses at Towson University that would satisfy the prerequisite are BIOL 110, 115, 190, 201, 213 or BIOL 120 plus the lab component 120L. If this is not the case, it is your responsibility to drop this course immediately.
You should also have at least 9 units of PSYC or the consent of the instructor. Please present a transcript (either official or unofficial) to me by the second course meeting so that I can verify that you have successfully completed the course prerequisites.
An unofficial transcript may be printed by going to online services on the Towson University website. The trail is as follows: Self Service > Student Center > Transcript: View Unofficial Transcript (This is found in the dropdown bar next to current class schedule). From there you should be able to print a copy of your unofficial transcript.
The course will include a combination of lecture material, including multimedia presentations, and open discussion of topics. The course is not constructed such that the lectures will stand alone. You are expected to do the assigned readings before our discussion of the material in class (that is, if the material will be discussed).
Given the complexity of the material, this may mean that you will have to read the assigned text more than once in order to fully comprehend the material, especially if you have very little college background in the biological sciences.
I will make time to answer questions and review very difficult reading material in class. However, I expect that you will be prepared for class by having read the assigned chapters/sections beforehand.
There will be fourequally weighted exams in this course covering material from both the book and lectures. The format for these exams will be multiple choice and short answer/short essay. Exams are given on the dates scheduled.
Make-up exams will only be given if an exam is
missed due to a medical emergency or a religious
holiday (a doctor’s note with the physician’s phone number must be presented in case of a medical emergency). No other reasons will be accepted. If you are going to miss an exam, you must contact me in advance of the exam. If you do not contact me in advance, you will not be permitted to make up the exam and will receive a 0 for that exam. All makeup examinations will be short essay in format and must be completed within three days of the student’s return to class. It is the student's responsibility to arrange this time with the instructor.
Each student will write a brief summary (approximately 2-3 typed, double-spaced pages) of one recent (no older than 2005) primary literature journal article concerning some aspect of neurological/neuropsychological functioning (i.e., brain and behavior; a list of suggested topics is provided at the class website http://pages.towson.edu/bdevan/Physio_Psych.htm). The summary should include a brief description of the study objectives, the basic methods used in the study, the basic results of the study, and conclusions AND your critique of the study/article. A copy of the journal article (including reference section) must be included with the summary.
Also include your critique (critical assessment of the potential problems, confounds, weaknesses and also the strengths) of the study.
Exams = 4 x 50 pts. 200
Article Summary = 50 pts. 50
See grading chart for % and letter grade equivalents
Grad credit – see me
Towson University’s full policy to address the variety of behaviors that represent a breach of academic integrity can be found in Appendix F of the University Catalog. In addition, if you type in “Academic Integrity Policy” in the search box in the upper right-hand corner of the Towson University webpage, you will be taken to a page of links. Click on “Towson University Policies” and open the “Academic Affairs” link. You will find a link to the full Academic Integrity Policy at that location. The site can be access by clicking the following link: https://inside.towson.edu/generalcampus/tupolicies/documents/03-01.00%20Student%20Academic%20Integrity%20Policy.pdf
Plagiarism & Cheating
No lateral eye movements during exams
In the event of a University-wide emergency, course requirements deadlines and grading schemes are subject to changes that may include alternative delivery methods, alternative methods of interaction with the instructor, class materials, and/or classmates, a revised attendance policy, and a revised semester calendar and/or grading scheme. In the case of a University-wide emergency, please refer to the following about changes in this course:
For general information about any emergency situation, please refer to the following:
Please see me
turn off cell phones and audible devices
syllabus subject to change as needed
The “biology” in “psychobiology” should include the whole-animal approaches of ethology, ecology, evolution…as well as the latest in physiological methods and thought…. The “compleat psychobiologist” should use whatever explanatory power can be found with modern physiological techniques, but never lose sight of the problems that got us going in the first place: the integrated behavior of whole, functioning, adapted organisms. (p. 198).
Dewsbury, D.A. (1991). Psychobiology. American Psychologist, 46, 198-205.
The complete organism
Behavior and Cognition
Top-down reductionism should be balanced with a bottom-up approach to put the organism back together
Systems and Circuits
Smaller parts of the complete organism
Synapses and Neurons
Genes and Molecules
Subatomic particles or even smaller strings and membranes in 11-dimensional space!
The proof is in the behavior
A Drug company makes a major discovery!
Would you take a longevity pill?
But what if there was no proof that it preserves cognitive function?