PSY290-2-2 - PSY290H5 Introduction to Physiological...

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September 7 th to November 29 th ; MON 2:00pm – 5:00pm pm RM 2074 SE Contact Information Professor Alison Fleming Teaching Assistants Phone: 905-828-3961 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday 12-1pm Skylar Mooney Diane Seguin Derek Charchuk [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Course Description In this course we are concerned with physiological (primarily central nervous system) bases of behavior. We will consider a number of representative behaviour systems ranging from sensory (e.g., how do we see and hear?), to motor (e.g., how do we move appropriately?), to learning (e.g., how do we remember and what happens in amnesia?) to motivational (e.g., what brain mechanisms control feeding and sexual behavior?). OBJECTIVE At the end of the course you will have an understanding of how the brain is organized, how it accomplishes some of the behaviors and cognitive functions. You will also understand how neurotransmitters and hormones can influence behavior. As mentioned above, the course will cover some popular topics such as feeding and sexual behaviour and therefore the course might be of interest to a wide spectrum of students. However, students interested in pursuing physiological psychology studies will find the course particularly useful. By completing this course you will fulfill the second year “Physiological Psychology” requirement. This course can be used as one of the prerequisites for third and fourth year physiological psychology courses (e.g., Hormones and Behavior, Neural Plasticity, Cognitive Neurology, Motivational Systems, Biological Bases of Abnormal Behavior, Psychobiology Laboratory etc. CLASS FORMAT Classes will consist of lectures, which will be done using power-point slide presentations. These presentations will be available on the course web site prior to each lecture (as pdf files). You are, however, responsible for all the material covered in class and in your assigned readings EVEN IF IT DOES NOT APPEAR ON THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION. This is important for you to understand, since on some occasions I may well bring up issues, ideas, and reports spontaneously. Reading Material Biological Psychology by Breedlove, Watson, & Rosenzweig, 6 edition, Sinauer (B,W,& R). Although you are allowed to get the 5 th edition, you will be responsible for any differences between the 5 th and 6 th edition. Differences involve reorganization of certain chapters, the addition of new chapter on Attention (Chp 18) and expansion of Chap 17. Please do not ask details as to how they differ. That is YOUR responsibility. Readings: Students are encouraged to read the assigned readings before each lecture as this will facilitate and extend their knowledge acquired in class. B, W, & R readings are detailed and will require you to remember and integrate information. You should pay close, but not exclusive, attention to the material that overlaps with the lecture material. Course Evaluation
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2010 for the course PSY psy290 taught by Professor Flemming during the Spring '10 term at University of Toronto.

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PSY290-2-2 - PSY290H5 Introduction to Physiological...

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