|COURSE NUMBER:||PSYC 375|
|COURSE TITLE:||Brain and Behavior|
|NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:||Dr. Heather Looy|
|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:||credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)|
|CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:||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 BIOL 364.
What does biology have to do with psychology? Some suggest that we are nothing but biological machines that contain a complicated computer called the brain. Others see the body-brain as an essential aspect of our nature along with other equally essential aspects such as agency and meaning-making, relationship and community. In this course we will examine what an understanding of our biology can and also cannot tell us about human experience and behaviour. We’ll explore how biological psychologists and neuroscientists study the links between body and behaviour. We’ll also build on some basic knowledge about the structure, development, function and plasticity of the body, especially the brain, to explore the implications of this knowledge for topics such as brain injury and disease, sleep, mood, stress, sex, hunger, and/or language. Throughout, you will be encouraged to think critically about biological determinism, and to celebrate our embodied nature and the complex interactions between body, mind, environment, culture, & behaviour.
|REQUIRED TEXTS:||Kalat, James W., Biological Psychology. 13th edition. ISBN: 9781337408202|
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