PY103 Techniques in Physiological Psychology Syllabus Instructor: Course Time: Teaching Assistants:
Kara Agster Kristin Haase Daniel Kauwe Cheng Liu Instructor
Rebecca D. Burwell, Ph.D. Office: Room 363; Office Hour: Mon 11:00-noon. . Phone: X3-9208; e-mail: Rebecca_Burwell@Brown.edu Lab Hunter Room 230 - Mon 1-5pm. Email Address Office
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Amphetamines & Locomotion, Sensation & the Thalamus Amphetamines & Locomotion , Stress & Memory Opiates & Pain, Physiology & Emotion Opiates & Pain, Sensation & the Thalamus Limbic System Neuroanatomy
Kara_Agster@Brown.edu Kristin_Haase@Brown.edu Daniel_Kauwe@Brown.edu Cheng_Liu@Brown.edu
Note: Attendance is mandatory for all twelve lab sessions. Details about labs, lectures, and assignments can be obtained on the course WebCT web page. Objectives: This is primarily a lab course. The purpose is to gain "hands on" experience with a variety of laboratory techniques used in physiological psychology research. Emphasis will be placed on execution of experiments, presentation and interpretation of data, and a final written project. The final written project will consist of a research proposal that will be a creative application of these techniques to an experimental question. Throughout the semester attention will be paid to writing quality. Organization of the Course: There will be six lab experiments, three in the first half of the course and three in the second half. Participation is required for all six experiments. Four written lab reports are required: two in the first half of the course and two in the second half. The short research proposal is due at the end of the semester. Workload: Attendance for 12 lab classes, two for each of six experiments. Twelve 2-point quizzes given at the beginning of each lab class. These are very easy, designed to encourage students to prepare ahead of class. Four lab reports as detailed below. Two brief performance self-reports if no report was written for that experiment (see form under handouts). One short paper as detailed below. Course Grade: 24%: Participation. Participation during the laboratory period is based on quizzes given at the beginning of each class and participation self-reports. Participation self-reports consist of one paragraph that reports what you learned and how you participated in the experiment. Quizzes are short (2 questions) and designed to be easy for anyone that read the assigned material. 60%: Four lab reports (each report = 15%). 16%: Final written project. Readings: All readings are on the course web page*. Students will be expected to carefully read lab instructions and familiarize themselves with background readings prior to the beginning of the lab. Evidence for good preparation will contribute to participation grades. Therefore, a two-question pop quiz will be administered at the beginning of new labs. These questions will be based on the lab instructions for the particular lab station.
Lectures: There will be short lectures will be given at the beginning of each experiment on the following topics. Introduction to the Course Background on first three experiments: Neuroanatomy, Stress and Memory, Sensation and the Thalamus Background on second three experiments: Catecholamines and Behavior, Pain Pathways and Opiates, Physiology of Emotion Other Important Dates: September 13th (Monday): First class October 11th (Monday): Columbus Day holiday December 6th (Monday): Last lab session Final lab report due at 1 pm online December 10th (Friday): December 13th (Monday): Final paper due at 1 pm online Labs and Written Assignments: Each student will be assigned to a lab group that will meet once a week on Monday from 1pm to 5pm. See Laboratory Schedule for each group’s schedule. There are a total of 6 experimental workstations (labs). Each experiment takes two weeks and students must participate in all six labs. There are no opportunities to make up labs. A missed lab will result in zero credit for the participation component of your grade for that lab. Laboratory reports and participation reports are due at the beginning of the next lab session after the experiment is completed (that is, one week after the second session of the lab is completed). The only exception is the last lab. Your last laboratory report and your final paper should be handed into the Psychology Department Receptionist by the deadlines noted above. Any reports or papers turned in late will be penalized 5% of total available points a day. No exceptions. LABORATORY STATIONS 1. 2. Limbic System Neuroanatomy: A comparative analysis of the structure of the amygdala in rat and mouse brains using prepared histochemical preparations Human Physiology and Emotion: The use of galvanic skin response (GSR), electromyogram (EMG), electrocardiogram (EKG), and electro-oculogram (EOG) to study physiological responses to emotionally arousing material. Stress and Memory: A study of the effects of stress on passive avoidance learning in rats. Opiates and Pain: A study of the effects of opiates on pain sensitivity in rats. Sensory Encoding and the Thalamus: An examination of the relationship between sensory psychophysics and neuronal activity in the thalamus. Amphetamines and Locomotor Activity: A study of the effects of amphetamines on locomotion and behavior in rats.
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LABORATORY REPORTS Lab reports are written individually. You may work with the other members of your group in collecting and analyzing data, but the final report must be your own work. The lab reports are due on the Monday following the second meeting for a particular lab station (see schedule) and they should be handed to the TA responsible for that lab station at the beginning of class. The body of the lab reports should be 6 double-spaced pages in length (not including title page, abstract page, figures, tables, or references) and no longer. Any material beyond the 6th page will not be graded. Each lab report should contain a Title, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and References (see Sample Report on the web page). For each of the experiments, you will receive a detailed outline along with instructions about how to write and organize your lab reports. Writing quality will also be evaluated (see The Science of Science Writing for guidance on communicating effectively within a research framework). FINAL WRITTEN PROJECT/ RESEARCH PROPOSAL Each student will write a Research Proposal that will serve as a final written project. This report should be no longer than 10 double-spaced pages in length. Again, any material beyond the space limitation will not be graded. There will be no extensions, no exceptions. Please hand in your Research Proposals to the Psychology Department Receptionist.
PY103 SCHEDULE OF EXPERIMENTS AND DUE DATES
Date 09/13/02 09/20/02 09/27/02 10/04/02 10/18/02 10/25/02 11/01/02 11/08/02 11/15/02 11/22/02 11/29/02 12/06/02 12/10/02 12/13/02 Group A Neuroanatomy Week 1 Neuroanatomy Week 2 Opiates and Pain Week 1 Neuroanatomy Report Due Opiates and Pain Week 2 Amphetamine & Locomotion Week 1 Opiate Report Due Amphetamine & Locomotion Week 2 Physiology and Emotion Week 1 Amphetamine Report Due Physiology and Emotion Week 2 Stress and Memory Week 1 Emotion Report Due Stress and Memory Week 2 Sensory Coding in Thalamus Week 1 Stress Report Due Sensory Coding in Thalamus Week 2 Sensory Report Due Final Paper Due Group B Amphetamine & Locomotion Week 1 Amphetamine & Locomotion Week 2 Neuroanatomy Week 1 Amphetamine Report Due Neuroanatomy Week 2 Opiates and Pain Week 1 Neuroanatomy Report Due Opiates and Pain Week 2 Sensory Coding in Thalamus Week 1 Opiate Report Due Sensory Coding in Thalamus Week 2 Physiology and Emotion Week 1 Sensory Report Due Physiology and Emotion Week 2 Stress and Memory Week 1 Emotion Report Due Stress and Memory Week 2 Stress Report Due Final Paper Due Group C Opiates and Pain Week 1 Opiates and Pain Week 2 Amphetamine & Locomotion Week 1 Opiate Report Due Amphetamine & Locomotion Week 2 Neuroanatomy Week 1 Amphetamine Report Due Neuroanatomy Week 2 Stress and Memory Week 1 Neuroanatomy Report Due Stress and Memory Week 2 Sensory Coding in Thalamus Week 1 Stress Report Due Sensory Coding in Thalamus Week 2 Physiology and Emotion Week 1 Sensory Report Due Physiology and Emotion Week 2 Emotion Report Due Final Paper Due