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Psychology 110: Biological Psychology Lecture 1: Introduction Introduction to the course and a brief history of biological psychology
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Teaching philosophy All lectures will be posted online the evening before the lecture BUT please ask questions! All exam questions will be based on the lectures. The textbook is NOT required reading. It is there to help with explanations when you are confused about something. Biological psychology is a very rapidly moving field and the textbook is already out of date.
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Teaching philosophy About 2/3 of the material is covered by the textbook. The remaining 1/3 covers very recent advances and experiments. This is advanced material, but I intend it to convey the excitement and controversies that Biological Psychology is grappling with. It also helps to cover specific experiments in detail, so you can understand how Biological Psychology works in practice.
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Organization of the class 1. Biological foundations 2. Sensorimotor processing 3. Behavioral control Challenge of this class is that half the students have a biological background, and half have a psychology background.
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Changes this year Increasing use of BSpace, including forums for the first time:
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Changes this year More concepts, fewer facts! This means the format of the exam has changed: less multiple choice and more short answers.
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first midterm second midterm final (all lectures) 60% All questions will be based on information covered in lectures All exams will be mixed format, i.e. part objective and part short answer (please bring green scantrons) If you miss a midterm, then the score from the other midterm will count towards the 35% If you miss the final you will get an incomplete Grades will be curved. The final curving won’t be decided until after the final exam, but is usually no more than 1 or 2%. 35% (from your best score)
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