Biopsychology

PSYC 4230

Course Description

An introduction to the biological and neurological bases of human and animal behavior. Emphasis is placed upon neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, and behavioral methodologies which contribute to an understanding of brain-behavior relationships. Particular emphasis is placed on human processes of perception, cognition, learning, memory, and language. Recent developments in neuroscience have revolutionized our views of familiar human experiences such as locomotion, substance abuse, mental illness, sleep, and memorization. The overall objective of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of neuroscience, enabling them to make important decisions that may affect their lives. Topics include neuroanatomy and neural communication; alterations in neurochemistry due to drug interactions; sensation and perception; movement and disorders of movement; neural substrates of learning and memory; research methods and ethics; and, the biology of psychological disorders.

Prerequisites

PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1101H with a grade of C or higher 

Learning Outcomes

Required Materials

Garrett, B., & Hough, G. (2022). Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience (6th ed.). SAGE Publications, Inc. ISBN: 9781544373485. 

Assignments & Grades

Activities (10% of overall grade)

Throughout the semester, we will complete in-class and at-home activities and assignments designed to improve understanding and application of concepts. You will get credit for completing these activities. In-class activities cannot be made up; therefore, your consistent attendance is important. At-home activities will be turned in on D2L unless told otherwise. See D2L for these due dates.


Quizzes (15% of overall grade)

There will be one quiz per chapter (15 in total). All quizzes will be completed on D2L. They are open book/notes. See course calendar for the reading and quiz schedule. These quizzes are timed and designed to help prepare you for your exams. You will have two attempts per quiz, and the highest attempt will be taken automatically. You are not required to complete more than one attempt. Quizzes cannot be made up; no exceptions.


Exams (60% of overall grade)

Exams will be proctored using Respondus LockDown Browser on D2L + a webcam. Click here to download the latest version of LockDown Browser. To begin the exam, go to Quizzes on D2L. Click on the Exam; then click Launch LockDown Browser. The startup sequence will take a couple minutes. You will need to do a webcam check, read some instructions, take a photo of yourself, take a photo of your UNG student ID, complete an environment check, complete a facial detection check, and then take the exam. The purpose of this startup sequence is explained in the following instructions: “During this exam, you shouldn't access other resources (a phone, tablet, notes, books, etc.) or communicate with other people. Please stay in your seat and focus on the computer screen until the exam is complete. If an interruption occurs, briefly explain what happened by speaking directly to your webcam. And, finally, remember that you cannot exit the exam until all questions are completed and submitted it for grading.” You have two attempts per exam, and the exams are timed. The second attempt includes only the questions missed from the first attempt. Exams cannot be made up. Exam 5 will replace your lowest previous exam (if higher than a previous exam).


Review Paper (15% of overall grade)

Throughout this semester, you will prepare for and write a research review paper on a cognitive psychological topic of your choice. Full instructions for this project are on D2L and should be read carefully. 

Grade Scale

> 90.0% = A

80.0 - 89.9% = B

70.0 - 79.9% = C

60.0 - 69.9% = D

< 60.0 = F

Schedule Overview

WEEK 1: INTRO TO BIOPSYCHOLOGY

Syllabus

Chapter 1: Behavioral Neuroscience

Chapter 2: "Micro" neuroscience

Chapter 3: "Macro" neuroscience

Exam 1


WEEK 2: METHODS & MOTIVATION

Chapter 4: Biopsych Research Methods

Chapter 5: Drugs, Addiction, & Reward

Chapter 6: Motivation & Homeostasis

Paper Topic Due

Exam 2


WEEK 3: SENSATION & PERCEPTION

Chapter 9: Hearing & Language

Chapter 10: Visual Perception

Chapter 11: Body Senses & Movement

Exam 3


WEEK 4: HEALTH

Chapter 7: Sex & Gender

Chapter 8: Emotion & Health

Chapter 15: Sleep & Consciousness

Exam 4


WEEK 5: COGNITION & DISORDERS

Chapter 12: Learning & Memory

Chapter 13: Executive Function

Chapter 14: Psychological Disorders

Exam 5

Review Paper