4130 Syllabus SUMMER 2008

4130 Syllabus SUMMER 2008 - PSYCHOLOGY 4130: Physiological...

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PSYCHOLOGY 4130: Physiological and Comparative Psychology Instructor: Dr. Rich Suplita Office: 218 Psychology Phone: (706) 542-3100 Email: rsuplita@uga.edu Office hours: by appointment Lecture: M-F 9:15-10:15 AM (Period 2) and 1:00-2:00 PM (Period 5) Lab: (309 Psychology) 11:45-12:45 TWR (Period 2) and 2:15-3:15 TWR (Period 5) Required Text: Kalat, J. (2006). Biological Psychology (9 th Ed.) Thompson-Wadsworth: Belmont, CA. Supplementary readings and discussion questions will be posted to WebCT. Course Objectives: The purpose of this course is to extend your knowledge of how the nervous system interfaces its environment to mediate the processes of sensation and perception, to serve cognition and to regulate behavior. We will frequently (and on different levels of analysis) compare and contrast human nervous system function with that of other species. To these ends, we will survey fundamental concepts from a variety of fields including behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, neuroanatomy, psychopharmacology, neurophysiology, neuroendocrinology, evolutionary psychology and clinical psychology. Completion of this course will enhance your understanding of the dynamics of brain-environment interactions. Attendance: (Class) Attendance is not mandatory per se; however, missing classes can hurt your grade in more ways than one. I will not provide class materials to students who are absent and lack a valid medical or University-approved excuse. If you miss class for any other reason, you should meet with a classmate to discuss what you missed (and to borrow any auxiliary notes). Furthemore, note that participation and discussion comprise one-third of your overall class grade,
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