PSYCH 2101 Section 2
Dr. Linda L. Walsh
|PROFESSOR:||Dr. Linda L. Walsh|
Office Hrs: 2:00 MW; 11:00 TTH;
other times by appointment; drop-bys are welcome.
Mailbox: Bartlett 1068
|Phone: 273-2690 Email: email@example.com|
|Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Biopsychology is the subarea of psychology that takes a biological approach to understanding behavior. Biopsychologists study the biological events - genetic, neural, endocrine- that underlie each and every one of our thoughts, feelings, and actions . Research in this area focuses on the relationship between brain and behavior but often extends to physiological processes elsewhere in the body (e.g. stomach, glands). This course will introduce you to the methods biopsychologists employ to investigate the biological underpinnings of behavior. It will explore what is currently known about the biological basis of emotional responses, mental illness, sexual behavior, memory, states of consciousness, sensory perception, thought and language, and several neurological disorders. Before delving into these topics this course will provide the necessary foundation - background on basic nervous system anatomy and functioning and an introduction to genetics. We will make use of a combination of lecture, class activities, and a few out-of-class assignments.|
Biological Psychology (11th Edition) by
(Web documents and their URLs are prone to change. Please let me know if you discover any dead links)
Items with asterisks below are sites that will help you prepare for exams. Bolded dates indicate assignment or test dates although point-earning in-class activities may occur on any class day.
Links in the center column are optional "in case you are interested" links.
Thinking About What Makes You You (5 pts)
|Syllabus; Module 1.1 in 11th Ed or
pp 1-5 and 7-8 in earlier editions
pay attention to Table 1.1
Effective Study Skills
of Biopsychology & the Diversity of Research
Methods Used in Biopsychology
The Importance of Converging Lines of Evidence
Pursuing Careers in Medical Imaging
Careers in Medical Imaging
Watch this CAT scan video
Watch this MRI scan video
Watch how a PET scan is used in brain research
Watch Psychophysiology/Biofeedback Lab Demo
To see the use of ERP in a Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (click on Resources, then Video, the Visit the Lab)
Study Aid: Chart of Biopsych Methods (top one)*
Study Aid: Chart Comparing Brain Imaging Techniques*
to the Genetics of Behavior
||Module 1.2 Mendelian
Traits and Punnett Squares
Sex-Linked Inheritance Problem 7* (*other interesting problems are optional)
Biopsych Methods Slides Exceptions to Simple Inheritance
|Mom, Dad and the Inheritance of Traits
Why Genes Are Not Destiny
Why the Genes in Eggs or Sperm from a Parent Vary
in or email me your **
pts) by today before you tackle
Huntington's Disease: Example of a Genetic Disorder
Extras: Cracking the Code of Life
Your Genes, Your Choices
How to Become a Genetic Counselor
249-251 on the basal ganglia, 258-260 on
Huntington's Disease UMN
Family Research Example: Huntington's Disease
Fitness, Natural Selection and Evolution and
Interaction with Environment
Watch the Altruisim video on CouseMate
Nice article on epigenetics
Watch this computer simulation of evolution=change in gene frequency
Genetics Assignment Due
Study Tips for Upcoming Test 1
to Your Nervous System
Watch the Autonomic Nervous System Module 4 Animation in CourseMate
Mike the Headless Chicken , or
Lower Brain: Automatic and Unconscious
Print your neuroanatomy sheet to work on it for next week.
The Story of Mike
The Interior of the Forebrain: Limbic System, Basal Ganglia, & Diencephalon
Use the 3 Module 4 Interactive Practice Puzzles in CourseMate to practice this material.
Limbic System Blood-Brain-Barrier
Extras: Modern Psychosurgery
Stimulating the Brain: Penfield and a
"Probe the Brain activity* if you have Shockwave
Hear a first-person account from someone who had a lobotomy - "My Lobotomy" by Howard Dully
Lobes*; Areas of Cerebral Cortex*
Week 4 Outline
Brain Diagrams for Coloring (1) (2)
Frontal Lobotomy Video
||F|| Brain Game Day
Turn in your completed neuroanatomy sheet for credit (10 pt) but make a copy to study from.
to the Cells of the NS
Introduction to Synapses
Use the 5 Module 2 Animations in CourseMate to help learn this material.
Neuron Structure Quiz*
Watch This Animation
Chemical Transmission at Synapses
Use the 9 Module 3 Animations in CourseMate to help learn this material.
Also go to Module 12 in CourseMate and practice for the test by doing the GABA Learning Module.
Earn 10 pts for turning in correctly labeled Neuron Structure Quiz.
|Module 3.2 through
"Release and Diffusion of Transmitters"
Chemical Transmission Slides
Example of a Neurotransmitter Related Disease:
Living With Parkinson's Disease
AOTA - Tip Sheets - Living With Parkinson's Disease
For those who might work with or live with someone with PD:
CARE - for CareGivers of People with Parkinson's
Caregiver Information from the Michael J. Fox Foundation
Parkinson's and Dopamine
||W||Drug Actions at Synapses||Explore Drug Actions|
||F||Studylist for Test 2|
||Module 2.2 Resting
Potential Animation The
NS for Kids-Action Potential
Ion Balance and the Action Potential
||3.1 + 62-64 Synapse
Chemical Transmission Affecting Ionotropic Receptors
Ionotropic vs Metabotropic (Indirect) Receptors
||Post-Synaptic Potentials - Will They Excite Our Neuron?||
Electrical Activity Slides
||The Visual System
Watch the Module 6 CourseMate Video on a "Bionic Eye"
The Primary Visual Pathway Visual Pathway Animation
Exploratorium's Cow's Eye Dissection
Complete the Module 7 CourseMate Learning Module on Hearing to learn the anatomy of the ear for our test.
5 auditory illusions
Careers in Audiology
Brain Processing of Mechanical and Chemical Senses
|Modules 7.1 - 7.3
The Organ of Corti Hair Cells
The Structure of the Ear
The Vestibular Organs of Balance
Processing of Visual Input
Disorders of Visual Processing & What They Tell Us About the Brain
MIDTERM GRADES DUES
Controls of Biological Rhythms
What is a Sleep Technologist
How to Become a Sleep Technologist
NFK - Sleep Basics
Why We Don't Act Out Dreams During Sleep
||M||Brain Control of
Sleep & Dreaming
Complete the Module 9 CourseMate Learning Module on Sleep Cycles to prepare for our test.
Schools for Learning Polysomnography
Careers in EEG Technology
Sleep System in Brain and Sleep Disorders
Watch the Module 9 CourseMate Video on loss of dreaming after brain injury.
Narcolepsy Information Site
Restless Legs Syndrome
Hemisphere vs Left Hemisphere Functions or
"Lateralization" of Function in the Brain
How Lateralized Are You?
Last Day to Drop Courses
|Module 14.1 Hemispheres Powerpoint
Take a Look at the Corpus Callosum Hemispheres Animation
Lateralization of Emotion
Handedness and Brain Lateralization
||Evolution of Language and Cognitive Abilities|| Module 14.2
||W||Language and the Brain; Aphasias||Module 14.2
Split Brain Outline
Careers in Speech Pathology
||M||Neuroendocrine System||Module 11.1
Sexual Development Powerpoint
Biological Basis of Sexuality: Organizational
versus Activational Effects
Testosterone Show (click
on little speaker icon) & answer questions
Link to download RealPlayer if necessary
Answer questions about the show: Print Testosterone Assignment
sure to read 11.2 about Variations in
Sexual Differentiation and Development
Intersex Society of North America
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
||M||Bring your books for group activity
today (10 pts)
Story of John/Joan
Sexual Development Outline
Testosterone Assignment Due
Biological Basis of Memory
Studylist for the last test
Biological Evidence for Different Types of Memory
Profiles of Careers in Aging Research
The case of Clive Wearing
||F||The Biopsychology of Mood Disorders||Module 15.1|
||M||Biological Treatments of Mood Disorders|
||W||The Biological Basis of Schizophrenia|
||F||Biological Treatments of Schizophrenia||Powerpoint Outline|
|| Last Exam 10:00
Resources for Biopsychology:
Neuroscience for Kids - Glossary Glossary of Genetic Terms Kalat Study Aids
Etymology of Neuroscience Terms Biopsychology Newslink Common Behavior Genetic Terms
|The digital anatomist A very comprehensive site featuring pictures and 3 dimensional reconstruction of the human brain. On-line quiz on each image. (slow and shaky connection).|
|The whole brain atlas: A comprehensive atlas of 2 dimensional scans of the human brain using techniques such as CT or MRI, including normal anatomy and pathology.|
general comments on the course and grading:
Many students are nervous about taking a psychology class that is so biological. Like courses in the natural sciences, there is a fair amount of new vocabulary - much of which is hard to pronounce and requires some special effort to learn. I believe that any student - no matter what their background- can do well on our exams if they are conscientious about doing the reading, attending class, and making use of some "active" study techniques (flashcards, practice test questions, re-copying notes) - doing something to drill other than just re-reading class material. But since some students suffer from test anxiety and feel their test performance does not reflect what they are learning, I have included a variety of assignments as other ways in which you can earn points and demonstrate your grasp of class material.
Take the online genetics quiz to make sure you are ready for the next assignment (5 pts) (due 9/5) You may turn in a hard copy in class or email your answers to Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Genetics : Tracing Trait Inheritance in Your
Family (up to 30 pt) (Due 9/10)
Investigate the pattern of inheritance in your family. For each of 6 traits record the phenotype shown by each family member and then try to deduce their genotype by looking at the distribution of trait characteristics in family members. If you don't have blood relatives easily available but do have access to another family (boyfriend's, girlfriend's, roommate's, etc.), you may use them for your data sample. Each data box on the sheet should include TWO things: 1) the phenotype (what trait you saw in that person) and 2) the genotype (what you can reason about the 2 gene allele combination that the person has for that trait.
Game Neuroanatomy Notes (up to
10 pt + EC) (Due 9/19) Note: the
assignment and game should help you prepare for the test.
Read class notes and the anatomy Modules of the text as well as the following websites providing information on the functions of different regions: Explore the NS (click on Divisions of the Nervous System, Functional Divisions of the Cortex, Right Down the Middle, and Split Brain Experiments), Lobes, and Areas of Cerebral Cortex (by the way, these last 2 are from a site in Brazil- sometimes you may not get connected, but keep trying!). Complete the neuroanatomy handout noting the location and, whenever possible, the function of all the parts of the brain and nervous system listed on the handout. You might also want to make yourself some diagrams and also include any additional brain regions we have already discussed in class. You’ll use your assignment to help your team earn extra credit points in the brain game. Everyone who turns in a satisfactorily completed handout will earn 10 pts.
for The Brain Game
1. Bring your completed handout to class to receive 10 assignment points. No completed handout, no points, no exceptions. Your handout will be very important to you and your group because you cannot use your textbook to answer questions. You may however supplement your handout with additional diagrams or notes that you think may help you during the game.
2. Sit with your group.You will share notes and work together with others in your group to answer questions and win points.
3. During the game each group will use their knowledge of brain anatomy and the functions of different parts of the nervous system to either locate the region of brain involved in a particular case or "diagnose" what area of the brain is damaged on the basis of behavioral symptoms. I’ll give your group a set of symptoms – e.g. a person who has a brain tumor that causes deafness – and your group will identify which brain area may be involved.
4. Correct Answer: If your group answers correctly, your group receives a point. If your group answers incorrectly, you receive no points and the next group can steal the question.
Online Neuron Structure
Exercise (10 Pts) Hard
copy due 9/26 .
Testosterone Assignment (30 pts) (Real Player Help) Due 11/19. Listen to Testosterone Show (click on little speaker icon)
Listen to the 3 cases presented in the first 45 minutes of this archived National Public Radio show from the program "This American Life".
CourseMate Study Aids and Activities
React to the impact of hormones on the individuals and answer the questions about each case in terms of the physiological mechanisms we discussed in class.
-Class Group Work (~ 30 points over the semester)
Periodically we will do point-earning in-class group work. Most often there will be work sheets that accompany these activities. Successful completion of the worksheet and associated activity earns points for the participating group members. These points cannot be made up if you are absent. I'm hoping the group work will be fun and improve your learning and motivation.
10 pt Extra Credit. Keep a blank videotape or DVD handy to record any shows, segments, or news reports on the biological issues we cover in this class or search online for relevant segments.. Turn the tape/DVD/url in to me with a critical summary of the program, why you think it's relevant to the class, and a critical evaluation of the segment using an evaluation handout.(tape/DVD will be returned). May be done once for credit.
Makeup exams are strongly
discouraged. If a makeup is necessary you must
contact me on or before the scheduled day of the
regular exam, provide documentation on why you missed
the exam, and the
makeup must be
taken before the exams are returned to the class.
Makeup exams may
include an extra page of essay questions.
Except under extraordinary circumstances, only 1 makeup exam per
be allowed per semester.
Grading: You must have a passing average (60% or better) on our exams to pass this course. If you have a passing test average, then your grade will be based on the total number of points accumulated during the semester. Because there will be multiple opportunities to earn a few extra credit point this semester, these grade cutoffs will be strictly adhered to.
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look on this wonder!
Whatever the bids of the bidders,
They cannot be high enough for it;
For it the globe lay preparing quintillions
of years, without one animal or plant;
For it the revolving cycles truly and steadily roll'd.
In this head the all-baffling brain;
In it and below it, the makings of heroes."
- Walt Whitman - I Sing the Body Electric, 1855