Courses: Psychobiology (PSB)

Course: PSB4002 - Brain, Behavior, and Experience
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Introduction to the brain and its relationship to behavior and experience. Topics covered: structure and function of the nervous and endocrine systems, sensation/perception, emotion and motivation, thinking and consciousness, learning and memory, malfunctions of the mind. Credit cannot be received in both PSB 4002 and PSB 4003.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Objectives of this course are that as a result careful study students should be able to:

1. Indicate how neuroscientists go about investigating the nervous and endocrine systems--including use of the scientific method and ethical principles;

2. Identify the major elements of the nervous and endocrine systems, as well as some of the circuits and interactions both within and between these systems;

3. Recognize the major functions of the elements of the nervous and endocrine systems with respect to behavior and experience (the mental trilogy of cognition, emotion, and motivation), and how these functions are carried out;

4. Explain fundamentally how all human behavior, thought, and feelings are the end result of complex patterns of nervous and endocrine system activity;

5. Identify the causes of major diseases and disorders of the nervous and endocrine systems, and what can be done to treat and perhaps prevent them.

 
Course: PSB4731 - Psychobiology of Sexual Behavior
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: PSY 2012, DEP 2004, PSB 4003 or 3sh in biology
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Current Semester of Offering: Spring
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Study of biological and sociocultural determinants of sexual development throughout the human life span. Special emphasis is given to sexual orientation, sexual preference, sexual variance, and purported gender differences.
 
 
Course: PSB4905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSB4990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSB4991 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSB4999 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSB5035 - Cognitive Neuroscience
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Spring
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Biological bases of mind and behavior: History and methods of cognitive neuroscience; evolutionary perspectives on cognition; neural substrates of development and motor control, attention and perception, learning and memory, language and consciousness, cerebral lateralization and specialization.

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of Cognitive Neuroscience, the successful student should be able to:

1. identify the neuroanatomy associated with the visual, auditory, somatosensory, olfactory, gustatory, and motor systems;

2. identify the neuroanatomy associated with the neocortex;

3. compare and contrast major perspectives within the field of cognitive neuroscience;

4. describe advantages and limitations of major theoretical perspectives;

5. demonstrate through written means an advanced understanding of neurocognitive processes as they pertain to human experience and behavior;

6. demonstrate through oral means an advanced understanding of neurocognitive processes as they pertain to human experience and behavior;

7. use theories to explain and predict neurocognitive processes;

8. think and read critically;

9. integrate the course content to the broader area of Psychology as the scientific study of human behavior and cognition.

 
Course: PSB5905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSB5990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSB6089 - Brain and Mind: Fact and Fantasy
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall
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Seminar focusing on controversial issues in psychobiology of human information processing. Topics typically covered concern the relationship between the brain and consciousness, intelligence, memory and other mental processes.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Objectives of this course are that as a result of careful study and fulfillment of the course assignments, students should be able (among other things) to: 
  
1. Describe how neuroscientists go about investigating the brain, mind, and consciousness;
 
2. Describe the major elements of the nervous and endocrine systems, as well as some of the circuits and interactions within and between these systems; 
 
3. Describe the major functions of the elements of the nervous and endocrine systems with respect to behavior and experience (the mental trilogy of cognition, emotion, and motivation), and explain how these functions are carried out; 
 
4. Describe the roles and interactions of genetic and environmental/experiential factors in determining the structure and function of the nervous and endocrine systems, and thereby the nature of mind and consciousness;

5. Describe the apparent relationships between brain structures and activities on the one hand, and aspects of themind (e.g., consciousness and the sense of self);

6. Describe the causes of some major disorders of the nervous and endocrine systems, and what can be done to treat them; 
 
7. Describe how emotion and reason are related; 
 
8. Describe where God might be in the brain.

 
Course: PSB6905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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