PSYC 817 Spring 2010 Brain Matters syllabus note room change sect 2

PSYC 817 Spring 2010 Brain Matters syllabus note room change sect 2

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PSYC 817: BRAIN MATTERS Spring 2010 Course Syllabus CLASS LECTURES : M & W 11-11:50 AM Classroom: Anderson Lecture Hall 7 CLASS RECITATION SECTIONS: Section 1 Friday 11-11:50 AM Weiss Hall 711 Section 2 Friday 11-11:50 AM Ritter Hall 108 Section 3 Friday 8-8:50 AM Weiss Hall B033 Section 4 Wednesday 3-3:50 PM Weiss Hall B037 Section 5 Wednesday 1-1:50 PM Anderson Hall Classroom 3 Section 6 Friday 8-8:50 AM Weiss Hall 711 Note that you must attend your registrar assigned recitation section (you may not freely change sections). INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Peter James Office location, Weiss 618; Phone number (215) 204-2714; Email: [email protected] I encourage everyone to view the “chat status” of Dr. James before sending an email as most concerns can be more efficiently remedied by speaking with me directly. If I am able to take your calls, I will indicate so via the chat status (if it is my posted “office hours” or not). Note that Dr. James is typically off campus on Fridays. RECITATION LEADERS: Tabitha Wurster [email protected] Lisa Haisfield [email protected] Office hours to be posted online via blackboard‟s “Dr.J & TA office h” link Before popping into see Dr. James or a TA, check the recent announcements on blackboard for the rare necessity of a posted office hour change. Generally, meeting with Dr. James or a TA does not require prior notification, but meeting with Dr. James or a TA outside their posted office hours may not be possible. REQUIRED MATERIALS : Linden, D. J. (2007). The Accidental Mind . Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0-674-02977-4 or ISBN-10: 0-674-02977-1 Pinel, J. P. J. and Edwards, M. (2007). A Colorful Introduction to the Anatomy of the Human Brain: A Brain and Psychology Coloring Book (2 nd edition). Boston: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN-13: 978-0-205-54874-3 or ISBN-10: 0-205-54874-1 REQUIRED EMAIL ETIQUETTE: When emailing Dr. James or a TA ALWAYS note the course and section number in the subject line. COURSE GOALS: One of the last frontiers in science is the brain. On the one hand, we know a great deal about the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. On the other hand, it is challenging to comprehend the complexity of a system made up of 100 billion components that are interacting with one another using tens of trillions of connections that can change and rewire during development and aging. Neuroscience is the multidisciplinary field in which brain research falls. Neuroscience is one of the fastest growing domains in all of science – and good bet for a future career path. Neuroscientists investigate brain function from the level of molecular genetics, to cellular dynamics, to brain anatomy and physiology, to relations between brain, behavior, and cognition, to brain development and aging, to diseases of the brain.
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Brain Matters 2 The major course goal is to introduce you to neuroscience and the ways that we study the brain. You will become familiar with the components that make up the brain and have a basic understanding of how these
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PSYC 817 Spring 2010 Brain Matters syllabus note room change sect 2

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