Course Content and Outcome Guide for PSY 213

Course Number:
PSY 213
Course Title:
Intro Behav Neuroscience
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Course Description

Surveys the role of the brain and nervous system in behavior, psychological functioning, and neurophysiological processes that underlie human development. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores, and PSY 201A or one year of biology. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Identify the brain€™s neuroanatomy and its functions throughout the nervous system to understand behavior and mental processes.
2. Use the human sensory system to understand the biology of sleep and the role of the visual system, and the functions of sustaining life.
3. Use an understanding of neurophysiology principles to associate the effects of psychopharmacology on human development and, pathological behavior.
4. Evaluate and understand the role of brain functioning in the development, diagnosis, and treatment of brain-based disorders
5. Apply an understanding of brain functioning to the conduct of one€™s own life.
6. Apply this knowledge to abilities including attention, learning, perception of others and decision making.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate learning outcome by the following:
1.      Complete a research paper that demonstrates competency and critical thinking in the area appropriate for the course.
2.      Respond verbally and in writing to topical questions concerning physiological psychology.
3.      Respond to objective examinations that address course concepts, issues and themes.
4.      Participate in classroom discussions.
5.      Participate in individual and group exercises, activities or class presentations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1.      Appreciate the history of physiological psychology.
2.      Identify the structure and function of the different parts of the neuron
3.      Discuss the function of sensory and motor neurons
4.      Discuss multipolar, bipolar and unipolar neurons
5.      Discuss the internal structure of the nerve cell
6.      Describe the supporting cells of the brain and the peripheral nervous system
7.      Describe the function and structure of oligodendroglia and schwann cells
8.      Describe the significance of the blood brain barrier
9.      Describe the forces that result in resting membrane potential
10. Describe and discuss the action potential based on ion movements across the membrane
11. Discuss how action potentials obey the €œall or none€ law
12. Identify the structure and function of the synapse
13. Describe the structure and function of neurotransmitters and postsynaptic receptors
14. Describe salutatory conduction
15. Describe the structure and function of autoreceptors
16. Distinguish between hormones, neurotransmitters and neuromodulators  
17. Identify the directional terms of the vertebrate nervous system
18. Discuss the different sections or slices of the brain
19. Discuss the divisions of the nervous system
20. Identify the structure and function of the three meninges
21. Describe the function and route of the cerebrospinal fluid within the brain ventricles
22. Identify the major functions of the five divisions of the brain 
23. Discuss the major structures of the brain
24. Contrast afferent and efferent nerves
25. Discuss psychopharmacology
26. Describe the various routes of drug administration
27. Contrast an agonist from an antagonist effect
28. Describe the activity of the five neurotransmitter classes
29. Discuss and contrast the various imaging techniques used to visualize the living brain
30. Discuss techniques used to record neural activity
31. Develop an understanding of neurochemical methods used in understanding the physiology of behavior
32. Discuss sensory transduction
33. Define brain lesion
34. Discuss the theory behind experimental ablation technique
35. Develop an understanding of brain histology
36. Understand the stereotaxic surgery technique
37. Identify structures and function of the eye
38. Discuss the two photoreceptors
39. Describe the anatomy of the retina
40. Trace the visual pathway from the cornea to the primary visual cortex
41. Describe the four photoreceptors in the retina
42. Describe the phenomena of blindsight
43. Discuss the parvocellular and magnocellular systems
44. Discuss the visual agnosias
45. Discuss the physical structure of sound
46. Identify the structure and function of the ear
47. Trace the route of sound waves from the pinna to the cortex
48. Discuss the role of cilia in the transduction of sound
49. Discuss and describe how pitch is perceived
50. Describe the sleep cycle
51. Discuss REM sleep and slow-wave sleep
52. Discuss the major symptoms of narcolepsy
53. Define and discuss circadian rhythm
54. Discuss the various components of an emotional response
55. Understand the structure and function of the amygdala in emotional response
56. Compare the James-Lange and the Cannon-Bard theories of emotion
57. Appreciate cross-cultural studies on the expression of emotions
58. Discuss the relationship between cortical damage and aggression
59. Discuss classical and operant conditioning
60. Describe perceptual and motor learning
61. Identify the anatomy of the hippocampus
62. Describe the process involved in long-term potentiation
63. Describe the physiological process of synaptic plasticity during long-term potentiation
64. Describe the physiological response to dopamine in reinforcing brain stimulation
65. Define anterograde amnesia
66. Discuss the role of the hippocampus in relational and spatial learning
67. Discuss the structure and function of the hippocampal place cells
68. Discuss the role of the hippocampus in the formation of learning and memory
69. Define aphasia
70. Identify the brain regions involved in Broca€™s aphasia
71. Describe the role of the cerebellum in speech production
72. Identify the role of Wernicke€™s aphasia
73. Discuss the term pure alexia on reading and writing
74. Define and discuss the characteristics of conduction aphasia
75. Discuss the different forms of acquired dyslexia
76. Discuss the causes, symptoms and treatments of brain tumors, seizure disorders and cerebrovascular accidents
77. Describe the symptoms involved in Parkinson€™s disease and Huntington€™s chorea
78. Describe the neurological changes involved in Alzheimer€™s disease
79. Discuss and identify the symptoms and neurological changes that result in multiple sclerosis
80. Discuss the symptoms of schizophrenia
81. Discuss how drugs influences positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia
82. Describe how dopamine contributes to the symptoms of schizophrenia
83. Describe the physiology of affective disorders