Introduction to Behavioural Neuroscience

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Unformatted text preview: Psych 211: Introduction to Behavioural Neuroscience Tuesday 4th January – Friday18th April, Winter 2011 Mondays and Wednesdays 2:35-3:55pm, Leacock 132 Instructor Office Phone Email Office hours Teaching Assistants Dr. Yogita Chudasama N8/4 Stewart Biology (514) 398-3419 [email protected] By appointment only Andrew Abela: [email protected] Judy Prasasd: [email protected] Mary Sutherland: [email protected] Valorie Salimpoor: [email protected] Margaret Labban: [email protected] Jane Zhang: [email protected] Posted on WebCT A course in introductory psychology or equivalent. Introductory biology desirable, but not required. This course provides an introduction to the study of brain and behaviour. It brings together evidence from a variety of disciplines, techniques and species to understand problems linking brain function to a scientific understanding of behaviour. The course will emphasize basic neural structure and function at the cellular and systems level. Much of the evidence will be drawn from the experimental literature on research with animals. Carlson, N. R., (2010) Physiology of Behaviour. 10th Edition. Pearson, Allyn and Bacon: USA Available through WebCT Two lectures a week. Ten revision conferences. Lecture notes will be provided on WebCT. Lectures will be recorded. You will be examined on 100% of the lecture material. You will be examined on 80% of the required text and required readings. TA Office Hours Prerequisites Course description Required text Required readings Instructional method Evaluation method Two MIDTERM papers (30% each) One FINAL paper (40%). Multiple choice questions only. ! ! ! ! Midterm paper 1 will cover lectures 1-8 (60 Questions). Midterm paper 2 will cover lectures 9-16 (60 Questions). Final paper will cover ALL lectures, which will be weighted equally for the FINAL PAPER (100 Questions). The FINAL GRADE corresponds to the total of the respective percent contributions from midterm paper 1 (total 30%), midterm paper 2 (total 30%) and the final paper (total 40%). Only the FINAL GRADE PERCENT will be “rounded-up” according to the standard decimal point system (e.g. 84.4 = 84%; 84.5 = 85%). There will be NO make-up paper for either midterm. There will be a supplemental paper for the FINAL PAPER ONLY A valid medical note is required for an illness that prevents you from sitting the midterm exam. This must be submitted before the midterm exam or up to 48 hours after the exam. A failure to provide a medical note in this time period will result in 0% contribution toward your final. ! ! ! ! Midterm Dates Participant Pool Midterm 1: Wednesday 2nd February [2:35-3:55PM] Midterm 2: Wednesday 9th March [2:35-3:55PM] You will be credited with an extra 1% MAXIMUM (added to your FINAL GRADE PERCENT) if you participate as a subject in psychology experiments. Sample exam questions will be made available on WebCT. The course will cover the following topics: 1) Basic features of the nervous system (includes gross neuroanatomy and principles of psychpharmacology) 2) Methods and strategies of research 3) Sensory systems 4) Control of movement 5) Sleep and biological rhythms 6) Reproductive behaviour 7) Neurobiology of emotion 8) Ingestive behaviour 9) Learning and Memory Sample questions Course content 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) Learning Outcomes Human communication Neurological disorders Schizophrenia and affective disorders Anxiety Drug Abuse Following this course, you should be able to: a) Define basic terms and functions of the brain and nervous system b) Demonstrate knowledge of different biological and neuroscientific research approaches c) Understand the significance of using animals in research d) Be familiar with research findings, controversies and theories in behavioural neuroscience e) Develop skills in critically evaluating research papers f) Develop an understanding of mental and behavioural disorders All aspects of this course are subject to change without prior notice. The provisions of this course outline do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied between any student and the instructor. Lecture Recordings ! All media recorded by the Lecture Recording System are covered by copyright and cannot be reproduced without specific written authorization of the instructor. ! Written permission of the instructor is also required to use or distribute the material in electronic format, including reproduction of it or reference to it on a website. Disability Access If you have a disability requiring special arrangements for this course, please notify me as soon as possible. This information will be kept confidential. Academic integrity McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student and Disciplinary Procedures (see for more information). According to senate regulations, instructors are not permitted to make special arrangements for final exams. Please consult the Disclaimer Course policies Calendar, section 3.6.1, General University Information and Regulations at ...
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2011 for the course PSYC 211 taught by Professor Yogitachudasama during the Winter '09 term at McGill.

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