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Psychology (PSY)
139 Straub Hall, 541-346-4921
College of Arts & Sciences
G - Pre-major, major, or minor are required to take this course graded to be applied to major/minor requirements
Course Data
  PSY 304   Biopsychology >3 4.00 cr.
Relationships between brain and endocrine activity and behavior. Topics include sensation, perception, sexual behavior, drug effects, eating, drinking, sleeping, dreaming, and learning.
Grading Options: Optional; see degree guide or catalog for degree requirements
Instructor: Dassonville PE-mailHomepage Office:   331 LISB
Phone:   (541) 346-4956
Office Hours: 1300 - 1400 MW or by appt. Office: 331 Lewis
See CRN for CommentsPrereqs/Comments: Prereq: PSY 201.
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes

Lecture

35046 1 100 1000-1120 tr 240A MCK Dassonville P !G

Final Exam:

0800-1000 w 6/12 240A MCK
 
Associated Sections

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35047 0 25 1400-1520 r 117 GSH Morgan K  
Yavorska I

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35048 1 25 1600-1720 r 117 GSH Morgan K  
Yavorska I

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35049 0 25 1200-1320 f 251 STB Morgan K  
Yavorska I

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35050 0 25 1400-1520 f 252 STB Morgan K  
Yavorska I
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
March 31:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
April 6:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
April 6:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
April 7:   Add this course
April 7:   Process a complete withdrawal (90% refund, W recorded)
April 7:   Withdraw from this course (100% refund, W recorded)
April 10:   Last day to change to or from audit
April 14:   Process a complete withdrawal (75% refund, W recorded)
April 14:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
April 21:   Process a complete withdrawal (50% refund, W recorded)
April 21:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
April 28:   Process a complete withdrawal (25% refund, W recorded)
April 28:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
May 19:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
May 19:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
Three pounds of meat -- that's enough for a small dinner party if you're buying a roast, or a Quarter-pounder for you and eleven of your closest friends. But did you know that three pounds of meat can also hold a lifetime of memories, emotions, thoughts and desires? In this course, we explore the brain, the three pounds of meat that make us who we are.

To understand the workings of the brain, we begin by exploring the cells, or neurons, that make up the brain -- their structure and function, with a focus mostly on the ways in which these neurons "communicate" with one another using electrical currents and chemical signals. We also discuss how the chemical interaction between neurons is affected by drugs (those prescribed by a doctor, as well as those that aren't...), so that we can better understand their behavioral effects and associated benefits (and dangers). We also study the anatomy of the brain and the way in which different functions are segregated within the tissue. We then explore many of these function in depth, including, for example:

-Sensation (vision, touch, hearing, taste and smell), which allows us to discover things about the world around us.

-Learning and memory, which provides a means of storing (and later recalling) that new-found information.

-Reproductive behavior, which is -- well, you know what that's for.

-Sleep, which might seem to be a time when the brain simply shuts down, but in reality is a time when the brain is highly active.

Emotions, which modulate and color our behavior and interactions with others.

Finally, we discuss what happens when things go wrong in the brain -- lesions due to trauma or stroke, developmental disorders like Down Syndrome and autism, degenerative disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease, schizophrenia, and depression, to name a few.

The course assumes no prior knowledge of biology or neuroscience -- the only prerequisite is a desire to learn how a piece of meat can think, act and feel.

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