PSYCH 2101 Sections 1 & 2
Dr. Linda L. Walsh
|PROFESSOR:||Dr. Linda L. Walsh|
Office Hrs: 10:30-11:30 MW; 11-12 T, Th;
other times by appointment; drop-bys are welcome.
|Phone: 273-2690 Email: email@example.com|
Mailbox: Bartlett 1068
|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
W. Kalat. (10th and 9th editions will
vary somewhat but are probably okay too)
Support materials are available on the world-wide web and are easily accessed from our online syllabus (found at http://www.uni.edu/walsh/phys98.html
(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 topic 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
Are You Sheet due.
Areas 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
Practice for our test with questions 5-20 on Chap 1
|Mom, Dad and the Inheritance of Traits
Why Genes Are Not Destiny
Why the Genes in Eggs or Sperm from a Parent Vary
in hard copy or email your answers to the **
to your TA (see TA link) by today before you try family assignment
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
UMN Twin Research Huntington's Disease
Fitness, Natural Selection and Evolution and
Interaction with Environment
Nice article on epigenetics
Watch this computer simulation of evolution=change in gene frequency
Genetics Assignment Due
to Your Nervous System
Label These Brains (due Wed 2/4)
the Headless Chicken , or
Lower Brain: Automatic and Unconscious
Print your neuroanatomy sheet to work on it for next week (2/9).
The Story of Mike
||W||The Interior of the
Forebrain: Limbic System, Basal Ganglia, &
Label These Brains due today
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
|Module 4.2 and 240-252
reviewing the motor system components
Lobes*; Areas of Cerebral Cortex*
Study Aid: Brain Diagrams for Coloring (1) (2)
Frontal Lobotomy Video
||M||Brain Game Day
Turn in your completed neuroanatomy sheet for credit (10 pt).
nice anatomy review
Why Does the Manatee Have a Smooth Cortex?
Practice questions on Chapter 4
|Introduction to the Cells of the NS
Introduction to Synapses
Neuron Structure Quiz*
Watch This Animation
Transmission at Synapses
More detail about the synapse and chemical transmission
Earn 10 pts for turning in correctly labeled Neuron Structure Quiz.
through "Release and Diffusion of
Chemical Transmission Slides
Start right away on the Studylist for Test 2
||F||An Example of a Neurotransmitter Related
Disease: Parkinson's Disease
Living With Parkinson's Disease
Careers in Physical Therapy
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
Ions Inside and Outside of the Neuron
Parkinson's disease pages 254-257 (11th Ed.) (249-253 in old edition)
The Nerve Impulse
Extras: Depolarization, Repolarization (several pages)
NS for Kids-Action Potential
Action Potential Animations
Ion Balance and the Action Potential
Post-Synaptic Potential Animation
|Module 3.1 + 62-64 Synapse
Ionotropic Receptor Example: the GABA Receptor
Metabotropic Receptor Example: Acetylcholine Receptor
Electrical Activity Slides
The Ear and Eye due today.
Companies Using Neuroscience to Better Web Design
Neuroscience Used in Marketing and Advertising
The Primary Visual Pathway Visual Pathway Animation
Exploratorium's Cow's Eye Dissection
||Sensory Systems: The Ear
5 auditory illusions
Careers in Audiology
The Organ of Corti
The Vestibular Organs of Balance
Sensory Systems: Chemical Senses
Careers in Chemical Sense Science
Brain Processing of Visual Input
|Module 6.2 up thru
visual pathway on 170
MIDTERM GRADES DUES
Controls of Sleep and Dreaming
What is a Sleep Technologist
How to Become a Sleep Technologist
NFK - Sleep Basics
Why We Don't Act Out Dreams During Sleep
BREAK : )
||Start working on Studylist 3
||M||Brain Control of
Schools for Learning Polysomnography
Careers in EEG Technology
Sleep System in Brain and Sleep Disorders
Careers in Sleep Medicine
Narcolepsy Information Site
Restless Legs Syndrome
Hemisphere vs Left Hemisphere Functions or
"Lateralization" of Function in the Brain
How Lateralized Are You?
Careers in Occupational Therapy
Last Day to Drop Courses
|Module 14.1 Hemispheres Powerpoint
Lateralization of Emotion
Handedness and Brain Lateralization
||Evolution of Language
and Cognitive Abilities
Careers in "Human Factors" - How Our Sensory, Motor, Cognitive & Behavioral Tendencies
Interact With Products and Environments
| Module 14.2
and the Brain; Aphasias
Careers in Speech and Language Pathology
Split Brain Outline
Careers in Speech Pathology
Get a Masters Degree to Teach at Community Colleges
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|
| Last Exam 1:00
section 1:00 5/5; 2:00 section 3:00 5/4
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 1/23) You may turn in a hard copy or email your answers to one of your TAs.
Genetics : Tracing Trait Inheritance in Your
Family (up to 30 pt) (Due 1/28)
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 2/19) 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 2/18.
Ear and Eye due 2/27 You may turn in hard
copies or email your answers
to one of your TAs.
Listen to Testosterone Show (click on little speaker icon)
Link to download RealPlayer if necessary
Listen to the 3 cases presented in the first 45 minutes of this archived National Public Radio show from the program "This American Life".
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.
Participation and Group Work Points ( must earn 50
points over the semester)
Starting Friday we will begin most class periods with a couple extra credit questions on the previous class period's lecture. Even if you cannot answer the questions, you will get a point for signing an attendance slip/sheet. Perfect attendance over the semester (except for university-excused absences) will earn a 5 point bonus. Periodically we will do point-earning in-class activities or 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. Periodically there will also be some "optional" learning-booster assignments/activities (like our study sessions before exams) which will also earn participation points.
Extra credit: Search online for, or keep a blank videotape/DVD handy in your recorder at home to record any educationally valuable shows, segments, or news reports related to the Biopsych topics we cover in this class. Turn the url/tape/DVD in to me with a summary of the program , why you think it's relevant to the class, and a critical evaluation of the value of segment on that form. Realize that brief segments are the most useful for class. (Tape/dvd will be returned). May be done once for credit. Due no later than 4/24.
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 student will be allowed per semester.
There will be
occasional extra credit points available
throughout the semester. Because the number
of extra credit points available can provide
significant benefit to student grades during
the semester, there will be no "rounding up"
of the percentages in the grade chart below
or last minute extra credit at the end of
Grading: You must have a passing average (60% or better) 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.
About Your Prof
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