Psychology and Brain Sciences | Neuroscience
P346 | 18790 | Farley, J.


This course explores the biological and cellular bases of our
experience and behavior. Many scientific disciplines contribute to
this theme, so we will draw upon the research of psychologists,
anatomists, biochemists, biophysicists, endocrinologists,
geneticists, immunologists, neurologists, physiologists, and
zoologists. To obtain an integrative view of the relationships
between the body, brain, and mind we will combine the findings and
insights from the above disciplines, and of necessity try to rise
above the limits of any particular specialty.

This course is organized into five units, each focusing on a major
area of contemporary neuroscience. These units are: 1) Neural
Signaling: Basic Neuroanatomy and Principles of Communication and
Information Processing, 2) Sensation and Sensory Processing, 3)
Movement and Its Central Control, 4) The Changing Brain,  5) Complex
Brain Functions: The Neural Bases of Cognition, Language, Emotions,
Sex & Sexuality,  Learning and Memory.

Prerequisites: Psychology P101 or P151 or P106 and one of the
following: Psychology 201 (Introduction to Neuroscience), Biology
L100 or L111, L112, ANAT A215, PHSL P215 or equivalent. These
prerequisite courses are essential. If you have no college-level
coursework/background in biology/anatomy/physiology/neuroscience,
you will struggle. Many Psychology students who have no background
in the natural sciences find themselves unprepared for this course.
If you fall into this category, you may be better off taking a
different section of this course with another instructor. This
course has a strong natural science slant, and emphasizes a
molecular approach/perspective to Neuroscience.

Texts: Neuroscience by Dale Purves, George J. Augustine, David
Fitzpatrick, Lawrence Katz, William Hall, Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, &
James O. McNamara, & S. Mark Williams. 2004 (3rd edition, or most
recent: 4th edition is due out June 2007). Sinauer Associates. ISBN
#: 0-87893-725-0.

NerveWorks (Computer labs for explorations in neurobiology) to be
updated.