Sec 3 11:00 MWF
Sec 4 12:00 MWF
Dr. Linda L. Walsh
|PROFESSOR:||Dr. Linda L. Walsh|
Office Hrs: 9-10:30 Th, 10-10:45 MW; other times by appointment; drop-bys are welcome.
Mailbox: Baker 334
|Phone: 273-2690 Email: email@example.com|
|T.A. Justin Simmons firstname.lastname@example.org|
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. Course ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this class, students will be able to:
1. Describe the various methods used to study the biological basis of behavior.
2. Use scientific terminology appropriately in reference to biology and behavior.
3. Read and critically evaluate published biopsychological research.
4. Identify the divisions of the brain and nervous system and describe their functions.
5. Describe the structure of neurons and how neural impulses are generated.
6. Describe the structure and functioning of synapses.
7. Identify the major neurotransmitters and discuss the impact of each on behavior.
8. Describe the nature and function of the endocrine system and its effect on behavior.
9. Understand basics of genetics and discuss their role in behavior.
10. Discuss the role of the brain and nervous system in health and disease.
11. Apply the principles of biopsychology to better understand behavior.
12. Discuss how biopsychological knowledge can be used to address a wide range of behavioral and physiological problems.
Hopefully students will also leave this course:
13. Excited and curious about the biological basis of behavior.
14. Excited about and dedicated to the use of technology as a lifelong learning tool.
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 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
Becoming a Radiological Technician
Watch this CAT scan video
Watch this MRI scan video
Watch how a PET scan is used in brain research
Transcranial magnetic Stimulation (1) and (2)
Watch Psychophysiology/Biofeedback Lab Demo
To see the use of ERP in a Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (click on "Topic", then "Electroencephalography, then "Visit lab"
Chart of Biopsych Methods (top one)*
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
Week 1 Pre-Test
and the Inheritance of Traits
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
Youtube Video On Careers in Genetics Counseling
Accredited Graduate Programs in Genetic Counseling
253-255, 245-246 UMN
Autosomal Dominant Disorders
Genetic Counseling Factsheet
||Genetic Fitness, Natural Selection
and Evolution and Interaction with Environment
Nice article on epigenetics
Watch this computer simulation of evolution=change in gene frequency
to Your Nervous System
Print your neuroanatomy sheet to work on it for next week.
Study Tips for Upcoming Test 1
Family Genetics Assignment Due
Mike the Headless Chicken , or
Lower Brain: Automatic and Unconscious
||M||The Interior of
the Forebrain: Limbic System, Basal Ganglia, &
Youtube Video on the Career of School Psychology
Know Your Anatomy*
Know your Lobes!!*
||W||The Cerebral Hemispheres
Earn 10 pts for turning in correctly labeled Know Your Lobes and Know Your Anatomy 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
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).
nice anatomy review
Why Does the Manatee Have a Smooth Cortex?
to the Cells of the NS
Introduction to Synapses
|Module 2.1 Cells
of Nervous System Slides
Neuron Structure Quiz*
Watch This Animation
Chemical Transmission at Synapses
Earn 10 pts for turning in correctly labeled Neuron Structure Quiz.
|Module 3.2 through
"Release and Diffusion of Transmitters"
Chemical Transmission Slides
NS for Kids-Action Potential
Action Potential Animations
Ion Balance and the Action Potential
Ppt Outline: Action Potentials Thru Parkinsons
|Post-Synaptic Potentials - Will They Excite Our Neuron?||Module 3.1 +
Chemical Transmission Affecting Ionotropic Receptors
Ionotropic vs Metabotropic (Indirect) Receptors
Studylist for Test 2
|10/4||F||Overview of Message Transmission in the Nervous System|
An Example of a Neurotransmitter Related Disease: Parkinson's Disease
The Career of Occupational Therapy
Careers in Physical Therapy
pages 254-257 (11th Ed.) (249-253 in old edition)
Parkinson's and Dopamine
Parkinson's Disease is so common many of you may encounter it in your
personal and/or professional lives. Here is a little more info on living with or helping those with PD:
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
|10/9||W||Drug Actions at Synapses||Module 3.3
Explore Drug Actions
| Ignore these silly empty rows -
my web editor wouldn't let me delete them!
||Test 2 on
the Electrical and Chemical Messages of the
Electrical Activity Slides
||Brain Control of
Schools for Learning Polysomnography
Careers in EEG Technology
Biological Controls of Sleep and Dreaming
Careers in Health Education
What is a Sleep Technologist
How to Become a Sleep Technologist
Careers in Sleep Technology
||M||Biological Basis of Hearing
Extras: More on hair cells
Careers in Audiology
5 auditory illusions
Careers in Audiology
|Midterm Grades Due
||The Somatosensory System; The Pain
The Ear due today.
|Module 7.2 The
Organs of Balance
Becoming a Physician's Assistant
Basis of Vision: The Eye and Retina
Take a look inside the Eye
The Career of Optometry
Another Video on the Career of Optometry
|Module 6.1 Vision
The Primary Visual Pathway Visual Pathway Animation
Exploratorium's Cow's Eye Dissection
||W||Brain Processing of Visual Input
Blindness to Motion
|Module 6.2 up thru
visual pathway on 170
A Language the Brain Can Understand
The Urgent Need to Use Both Eyes
Right Hemisphere vs Left Hemisphere Functions or
"Lateralization" of Function in the Brain
How Lateralized Are You?
|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
and the Brain; Aphasias
Careers in Speech Pathology
Careers in Speech Pathology
Processing Through the Language System
Sexual Development Powerpoint
Biological Basis of Sexuality: Organizational
versus Activational Effects
Oxytocin and Love & Kindness
Testosterone Show (click
on little speaker icon) & answer questions
Link to download RealPlayer if necessary
Answer questions about the show: Print Testosterone Assignment
Be sure to read 11.2 about Variations in Sexual Differentiation and Development before Monday
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
||The 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 Exams:
Sec 3 10:00 Tuesday; Sec 4 1:00 Monday
"How much of this stuff will be on the exam?"
Yes, our syllabus has a lot of built- in links, which have a lot of links, which have a lot of links . . .Relax, I have included these links to try to help you learn difficult biopsych material by providing images, animations, additional examples, or practice exercises. Many of the web links I will actually use as part of lecture. Feel free to go beyond what we get to in lecture however - that's often how you'll find what in biopsych is most personally meaningful or useful to you. What you find will reinforce the textbook and lectures, and so it will also help you to do better on the exams. The more ways that you interact with the vocabulary, concepts and findings we will be discussing, the better your memory and understanding of the material will be.
Resources for Biopsychology:
Neuroscience for Kids - Glossary Glossary of Genetic Terms Kalat Study Aids
Etymology of Neuroscience Terms Biopsychology Newslink Common Behavior Genetic Terms
Neuroanatomy Resources 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.
Some 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.
First Day Activity (5 pts)
Take the online genetics quiz to make sure you are ready for the next assignment (5 pts) (due 9/6) You may turn in a hard copy or email your answers to me (email@example.com) or our TA Justin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Family Genetics : Tracing Trait Inheritance in Your Family (up to 30 pt) (Due 9/13)
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. A handout will be provided.
Online Brain Anatomy Exercises Know Your Anatomy*
Know your Lobes!!* (10 Pts) Due 9/18. Memorize what you are learning!
Brain Game Neuroanatomy Notes (up to 10 pt + EC) (Due 9/20) 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.
Rules 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 9/27.
The Ear due 10/21 You may turn in hard copies or email your results to email@example.com.
Eye and Visual Pathway due 10/30. You may turn in hard copies or The Eye may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org but there is no automatic email for the Visual Pathway.
Class activity 11/18 (10 pt)
Testosterone Assignment (30 pts) (Real Player Help) Due 11/20.
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.
In -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 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 concerning why you must miss the exam, and the makeup must be taken before the exams are returned to the class. Makeup exams will include an extra page of essay questions. Except under extraordinary circumstances, only 1 makeup exam per student will be allowed per semester.
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.
Grades are based on the table above EXCEPT that you must have a passing average (60% or better) on the 4 exams to pass the course (you may not have a failing average on exams and pass just on the basis of assignment and EC points). You must receive a grade of C- or better in order for this course to count towards psychology major/minor requirements.
Grade Percent Grade Percent Grade Percent A 93.0-100.0% B- 80.0 - 82.9% D+ 67.0 - 69.9% A- 90.0 - 92.9% C+ 77.0 - 79.9% D 63.0 - 66.9% B+ 87.0 - 89.9% C 73.0 - 76.9% D- 60.0 - 62.9% B 83.0 - 86.9% C- 70.0 - 72.9% F 0.0 - 59.9%
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Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
About Your Prof
Education: B.S. (Psychology) University of Illinois, Chicago; M.A. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago; Ph.D. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago
Married: James Walsh (attorney)
Children: 3 girls (Jennifer, Sara, & Annie)
Hobbies: Gardening , gourmet cooking, travel, reading , concert-hopping
Most unusual experiences: Performing brain surgery on rats, riding an elephant (twice!), wearing a live python around my neck,
climbing the Great Pyramid, flying in the Goodyear blimp, visiting ancient Greek ruins, giving birth
Goals: Continue to learn for the rest of my life, enjoy my professional and private lives, help others discover psychology (especially biopsychology)
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