Brain and Behavior Syllabus.pdf - Fall 2017 PSYC 2113...

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Fall 2017 PSYC 2113 - Section 004 100% Online Introduction to Brain & Behavior Professor: Dr. Kat West Office: Colvard 4048 E-mail: [email protected] Phone: 803-579-4416 (No texts later than 7 PM, EST) Office Hours: Please check Connect to set up a meeting time. Required Text: Kolb, B., Whishaw, I.Q., & Teskey, G. C. (2016). An Introduction to Brain and Behavior (5 th Ed.) . New York: Worth Publishing. The textbook will be available on reserve at the library for 3-hour reservation periods. Course Description: Physiological psychology, biopsychology, and neuroscience are rapidly expanding fields of scientific research. Every day there are new reports describing previously non-understood brain processes, and by understanding these processes we further understand the complexity of human behavior. This course will review basic knowledge about how the brain works and will apply this knowledge to basic behavioral phenomena. This is an introductory class that begins to link biology to psychology via examining the biological underpinning of behavior. Learning objectives for this course are: 1. To become familiar with the anatomy and function of different brain areas. 2. To understand how cells in the brain (neurons) operate. In particular, how neurons communicate with sensory organs and with other neurons, how neurons grow, and how neuron malfunction or breakdown can lead to changes in behavior, thinking and feeling. 3. To understand how chemicals (from inside and outside the body) affect brain function. 4. To realize the role of the nervous system in perception, behavior, emotions, stress, memory and learning, and other complex behaviors. 5. To become familiar with techniques used by scientists to study brain function as it relates to behavior, thinking, and feeling. 6. To practice critical thinking and evaluating arguments about how the brain works. Minimum Technical Skills In order to succeed in this course, you need the following technical skills: Ability to use and navigate Canvas, the learning management system (LMS). Ability to send and receive emails with attachments. Ability to create and submit word processing files (.doc and .docx) and PDF documents Ability to copy and paste images and text. Ability to download and install software. Ability to install and use Respondus LockDown Browser when taking quizzes and exams. Ability to register for and use the PackBack Questions online forum. Ability to use YouTube to watch lecture videos.
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