||Brain and Behavior
||Dr. Heather Looy
AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:
||credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
||A study of the relation between biology and behavior in
humans. Topics include mind/brain issues, brain development, genes and
behavior, structure and function of the nervous system, brain
disorders, biopsychology of motivated disorders, drug abuse and
lateralization. Foundational issues as well as biological details will
Prerequisites: One of BIOL 200, 210, 211, PSYC 250 or 251
Same as PSYC 375.
||Kalat, J. W. (2016). Biological psychology
(12th ed.). Toronto: Thomson-Wadsworth.
DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
- Define and use the language of neuroanatomy and
physiological to label brain structures and systems, describe neural
function (resting potential, action potential, synaptic communication).
- Apply the language and concepts of neuroanatomy,
physiology, and development to explain the impact of experiences,
natural healing processes, drugs, and rehabilitation on the brain and
- Describe and explain basic methods of brain/behaviour
research, including which method is appropriate for which type of
- Explain the limitations of common methods of
brain/behaviour research and of the interpretation of the results
obtained from these methods.
- Articulate knowledge of the basic controversies in,
and challenges of, a biological perspective on human experience and
behaviour, including questions of mind-soul/body-brain, localization
versus whole-brain/network models of brain function, plasticity versus
stability, biological determinism and reductionism.
- Critique media reports of neuroscientific research in
light of knowledge of research methods as well as common distortions
and limitations of interpretations of this research.
||We will initially cover the first five chapters in
Then we will cover a selection (which you get some input into) of some
of the following chapters/topics:
- The Major Issues
- Nerve Cells and Impulses
- Synapses & Drugs
- Anatomy of the Nervous System & Brain
- Development and Plasticity of the Brain
- Circadian Rhythms and Sleep
- Eating Behavior & Hunger
- Reproductive Behaviors
- Learning and Memory
- Lateralization of Function