Douglas A. Weldon (Psychology), Director
Cynthia Downs (Biology)
David A. Gapp (Biology)
Herman K. Lehman (Biology)
Alexandra List (Psychology)
Ravi Thiruchselvam (Psychology)
The departments of Biology and Psychology offer an interdisciplinary concentration in neuroscience. The concentration consists of 12 courses, which must include: Biology 101 and 102, or 115 and another biology course at the 200 level or above; Chemistry 120 or 125, and 190; Psychology 101, 201 and either 204 or 205; a biology or psychology elective at the 200 level or above, Chemistry 270, Computer Science 375, Philosophy 310, or Philosophy 440; Systems Neuroscience (330) or Vertebrate Physiology (Bio 331); Psychology and Neurobiology of Learning (320), Affective Neuroscience (327), or Cognitive Neuroscience (328); Cellular Neurobiology (357); and the Senior Project. Program honors recognize the distinguished achievement of students who excel in their coursework in the concentration, including the Senior Project. Students considering graduate work in neuroscience should consult with members of the Neuroscience Program Committee to determine additional courses that might be helpful.
198F,S Collaborative Research in Psychology I.
Collaborative research under the supervision of a faculty member. Focus on data collection and/or analysis. Three to four hours per week of lab work. Prerequisite, Permission of the instructor. Student performance will be evaluated as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. One-quarter credit per semester. May be repeated for credit, but does not count toward concentration requirements. (Same as Psychology 198.) The Department.
201F,S Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology.
The application and interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics in the study of psychological processes. Some instruction in research design and methodological issues. Students will learn to use the statistical computer program SPSS to analyze data. Topics include the principles of hypothesis testing, t tests, analysis of variance, regression, and some non-parametric statistics. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Prerequisite, 101. (Same as Psychology 201.) McKee (Fall); Borton and Grysman (Spring).
204F,S Human Neuropsychology.
Study of human brain function from the standpoint of experimental and clinical research in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. Survey of research involving animals and humans, addressing presumed neural mechanisms for cognitive, motivational and emotional states. Analysis of aphasia, agnosias, apraxias and disconnection syndromes. Prerequisite, 101. Not open to students who have completed Psych/Neuro 232. (Same as Psychology 204.) Bejjanki (Fall) and Thiruchselvam (Spring).
205F Introduction to Brain and Behavior.
Study of the structure and function of the nervous system as it relates to consciousness and behavior. Emphasis on psychobiological explanations of perception, learning, attention, motivation, emotion and behavior disorders. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, 101 or Biology 102 or 115. (Same as Psychology 205.) Robinson.
327F Affective Neuroscience.
An exploration of theoretical and methodological questions in the study of affect, addressed through neuroscience. Questions covered will include: What is affect? What functions does affect serve and how does affect become dysfunctional in psychopathology? How does affect shape cognition? How do individuals regulate affect? Class time will be devoted to discussion of research articles. Laboratory exercises will include the development of original experiments to elicit and measure affect, as well as the analysis of neural data. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Maximum enrollment, 20. Thiruchselvam.
357F Cellular Neurobiology.
A study of the fundamental functions of eukaryotic cells. The interrelationships of cellular structure and function, the cell cycle, protein trafficking and cellular communication will be examined through the study of neurons, the basic unit of the nervous system. Additional topics will include specialized activities of neurons. Three hours class and three hours of laboratory. Prerequisite, 101 and 102, 115, or consent of instructor. (Same as Biology 357.) Lehman.
500F-501S Senior Project.
Supervised research on a specific problem in neuroscience based on proposals submitted to the faculty in the spring of the junior year. Open to senior concentrators. The Department. (Oral Presentations.) .