PSD7107 Biological Bases of Behavior
This course offers a practical, clinically relevant approach to understanding the involvement of biological factors in normal and abnormal thoughts, feelings, and actions. The course is structured so that basic concepts of neuronal and synaptic activity lead to discussions of basic life processes like sleep/ arousal and internal regulation. Discussions and demonstrations follow of the mechanisms underlying sensori-motor systems, learning and memory, and the higher cortical functions. Emphasis in the course is on functional neuroanatomy as it relates to these processes and to individual and cultural differences. The course establishes the ground work for later courses in psychopharmacology, health psychology, and neuropsychology. The material is presented with an evidenced-based emphasis, but consideration of alternative perspectives is also made when relevant.