Psychology 372 Introduction to Physiological Psychology
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Washington State University Fall 2009 (updated 08/18/2009) Psychology 372: Introduction to Physiological Psychology M, W and F from 11:10 – 12:00 in Bryan 305 Instructor: Dr. Walker Email: email@example.com Office hours: Wednesday 2:00 – 3:00 and by appt. Office Location: JT 210 Teaching Assistant: Sandy Henley Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: Wednesday and Friday 9 – 10. Office Location: JT 310 Course Objectives: To familiarize the students with a contemporary perspective on the field of physiological psychology. This will be achieved by evaluating the genetic, biological and environmental contributors to the behavior of both humans and animals. The course will begin by identifying the nature of central nervous system functioning and the techniques researchers use to evaluate questions of interest within the behavioral neurosciences. Once this knowledge base has been established, the course will proceed to introduce and evaluate a variety of neurobiological systems within the brain that are related to regulation of behavior. Required Materials: Carlson, Neil R., Physiology of Behavior, 10th Edition and Current Directions in Biopsychology edited by Devries and Nelson. Course Format: This course will be in a lecture/discussion format. The lectures will include material that is not covered in the textbook, so attending lecture is critical for successful completion of the course. Examinations and Quizzes: There will be three examinations (100 pts each) and six quizzes (15 pts each). The testing format will include multiple choice, matching, short answer and essay questions. Quiz questions will be of the same difficulty as those on the exams. The lowest of the six quiz grades will be dropped. The weeks in which the quizzes will be administered are denoted by asterisks next to the semester week on the schedule of lectures below and the quiz date is specified. Exams and quizzes will start at the beginning of class – quizzes will be allotted 15-20 minutes. If you are late for an exam or quiz, you will only have the remainder of the originally allotted time to complete it (no extra time will be provided – so don’t be late on a quiz day). No dictionaries or translation materials of any kind may be used during the exams unless approved by the instructor. A student who misses an exam without a valid reason will receive a zero for that examination (valid reasons include serious illness, bereavement or student athletic commitments). Make-up exams and exam formats are subject to the instructor’s discretion and could include essay or oral examinations. Student athletes must provide a schedule of potential exam conflicts the first week of class. Written Assignments: There will be two mandatory written assignments for this course. Assignment #1: A two page critical analysis of a journal article focusing on some aspect of physiological psychology (must relate the brain and behavior in some way). The source for this critique must be a peer-reviewed experimental article (not a review article). This critique will be worth 20 points and is due on 12/7/09. Journals articles must be approved by the instructor during office hours (so plan ahead!!) by 11/20/09 – having the article approved by the approval deadline will be worth 10 pts. If you do not have the article approved by the deadline, the 10 pts will be lost. The paper must be in Times New Roman 11 pt. font, with single spacing. Other instructions for the critical analysis are listed below. Be sure to include a bibliographic reference to the paper reviewed at the end of your critique and append the article. There will be no late assignments accepted. Assignment #2: The due dates and assignments from the Current Directions text are specified below. Each of the four written assignments will be worth 10 - 20 pts. All four of the assignments must be completed. There will be no late assignments accepted. Grading Determinants: Points will be accumulated by taking the three exams, five quizzes and completing the written assignments. The total possible points for the semester are 475 points, so approach each exam and assignment with enthusiasm. Grades will be determined according to the student’s percentage of points according to the following schedule: 100 - 92.5% = A | 92.49 - 90.0% = A- | 89.99 - 87.5% = B+ | 87.49 - 82.5% | 82.49 – 80.0% = B- 79.99 - 77.5% = C+ | 77.49 – 72.5% = C | 72.49 – 70.0 % = C- | 69.99-60% = D | < 60% = F Extra Credit: The textbook is accompanied with a study guide – turn in completed sections corresponding to the appropriate chapters for 2 points per chapter. All extra credit must be turned in by the day of the related exam. Attendance: You are expected to attend every class on time. Those who miss class will have a hard time doing well in this course. Don’t forget that absences that occur on exam days are still considered absences. If a student is late on exam day, the remaining amount of class time will be allotted for the exam. Make up exams are at the instructor’s discretion and will only be considered with an excused absence. Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to add, drop or withdrawal from the class according to the deadlines outlined in the current class schedule. Instructor Absences: If the instructor is late or absent, please wait at least 15 minutes before leaving the class. Other Expectations: Please read the assigned material prior to the class sessions. Computers will not be used in class by the students. Cell phones must be turned off (not vibrate mode) upon entering the class. Respect your instructor and fellow students, and take responsibility for your choices (e.g., to miss class). Make sure you regularly check the announcements section of this course’s Angel website (http://lms.wsu.edu/) to make sure there have been no changes or updates. Students with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and may need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please visit the Disability Resource Center (DRC). All accommodations MUST be approved through the DRC (Washington Building, Room 217). Please stop by or call 509-335-3417 to make an appointment with a disability specialist. Academic Integrity: This class will be conducted according to the university code of conduct and basic standards of academic honesty. Cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated (see http://www.conduct.wsu.edu/default.asp?PageID=343 for WSU policy). If a student is caught cheating on a exam or quiz he/she will receive an “F” for the entire course. If a student is letting another student copy off of their exam, both students will be considered as cheaters and receive an “F” for the course. If a student is caught cheating on a written assignment (i.e., plagiarism in part or in whole – see http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/plagiarism/main.html for more information), he/she will receive an “F” for the course. Please do not put either of us in this situation - violations of these standards will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct for appropriate action. Course Outline☺ Week Date Topic Chapters 1 8/24/09 Introduction 1 8/26 Anatomy of the Neuron 2 8/28 Anatomy of the Neuron 2 2 8/31 Function of the Neuron 2, pg 549-550 9/2 Function of the Neuron 2, pg 549-550 9/4 Synaptic Transmission 2 Evolution Current Directions Due 3* 9/7 Labor Day Be safe!!! 9/9 – quiz #1 Anatomy of the Nervous System 3 9/11 Anatomy of the Nervous System 3 4* 9/14 Anatomy of the Nervous System 3 9/16 Psychopharmacology 4 9/18 – quiz #2 Psychopharmacology 4 5 9/21 Psychopharmacology 4 9/23 Review Session 9/25 Exam #1 Study Hard!!! 6 9/28 Biopsychological Methodology 5 9/30 Biopsychological Methodology 5 10/2 Vision 6 7* 10/5 Vision 6 10/7 – quiz #3 Vision 6 10/9 Audition and Somatosensation 213-233; 237-249 8 10/12 Somatosensation 237-249 (pg. 112-119, 122 and 123-127 in study guide) 10/14 Movement 8 10/16 Movement 8 9* 10/19 – quiz #4 Quiz only – SFN conference 10/21 Review 10/23 Exam #2 Study Hard!!! 10 10/26 Sleep 9 10/28 Sleep 9 10/30 Sleep 9 11 11/2 Reproductive Behavior 10 11/4 Reproductive Behavior 10 11/6 Reproductive Behavior 10 Reproduction Current Directions Due 13 – skip 454-457, 12* 11/9 – quiz #5 Learning and Memory add pg 543-548 (skip pg. 268 – 270 in study guide, add pg. 331-333 in study guide) 11/11 No Class - Veterans Day Be safe!!! 11/13 Learning and Memory 13 13 11/16 Learning and Memory 13 11/18 Learning and Memory Learning and Memory Current Directions 13 Due 11/20 Parkinson’s Disease and Schizophrenia Pg 537-541 (pg. 326- Journal article approval due date 329 in study guide), 555-571(pg. 342-353 in study guide) 14 11/23 - 27 Thanksgiving – Have fun and be safe!!! 15* 11/30 – quiz #6 Parkinson’s Disease and Schizophrenia 12/2 Drug Addiction 18 and pg 461-464 12/4 Drug Addiction 18 and pg 461-464 16 12/7 Drug Addiction 18, pg 550 Journal article summary due 12/9 Drug Addiction 18, pg 550 Drugs Current Directions Due 12/11 Review 17 12/14/09 Exam #3 – 4:10 p.m.!!!!!!! Study Hard!!! ☺All information contained in this syllabus, including course requirements and class schedule, is subject to change at any time according to the instructor’s discretion. Readings for the Current Direction in Biopsychology Text: ***Evolution (20 pts)*** Read pg. 3-6 and the following: Dick and Rose (7-13) Bouchard (14-20) Posthuma and de Geus (21-28) McAndrew (37-42) de Wall (43-48) Answer Questions 1-3 and 5 on pages 49-50. Due date: 9/4/09 ***Reproduction (10 pts)*** Read Gangestad et al., (29-36) Read Marriott and Wenk (62 – 69) Answer Questions #4 on pg. 50 and #2 on pg. 95. Due date: 11/6/09 ***Memory and Learning (20 pts)*** Read pg. 51-54 and the following: Kolb et al. (55-61) Paller (70-81) Beecher and Burt (82-88) Abraham (89-95) Answer Questions 1, 3-5 on pgs 94-95. Due date: 11/18/09 ***Drugs (20 pts)*** Read pg. 149-150 and the following: Crombag and Robinson (151-159) Goeders (160-165) Baker et al. (166-173) Wagner (174-180) Answer Questions 1-4 on pg 181. Due date: 12/9/09 How to write a critique (Due 12/7/09) The Critique (1) The main text should briefly review the following: a. Problem. What is the problem the authors wish to solve? What was the hypothesis under examination? What are the independent and dependent variables of the experiment? b. Methods. What methods are used to solve the problem specified in section (a) above. Be sure to include important details such as subjects, surgeries, drugs, apparatus, etc. c. Results. What was the outcome of the studies? d. Discussion. This is the area were an author(s) discuss how the results fit in with the original hypothesis and what the impact is. Your task is to specify clearly what the authors have found and what they think it means. (2) Critical Analysis. If there are obvious flaws in experimental design, number of subjects, methodology, statistical treatments, or logic, then you should specify them.