Courses

Spring 2024

Functional Neuroanatomy (SEN)
Subject associations
NEU 200 / PSY 200

A crucial part of neuroscience is understanding how function has its foundation in anatomy. This course traces neuroanatomical pathways through the central nervous system. It emphasizes the primate brain, especially the human brain. The course covers how nuclei, ganglia, and layered structures such as cortex are arranged physically in the brain, the fiber pathways by which they connect to each other, and how this connectivity relates to their function. The material will encompass systems within the brain stem, sensory systems, motor systems, higher cognitive systems, and the interconnectivity and interaction of these systems.

Instructors
Michael S. Graziano
Fundamentals of Neuroscience (SEN)
Subject associations
NEU 201 / PSY 258

An intensive introduction to fundamental topics in neuroscience, including neuronal excitability, synaptic physiology, neural networks, and circuits that mediate perception, action, emotion, and memory. We will examine neuroscience at scales ranging from single neurons, to the activity of small sets of neurons, to the organization of brain and behavior. The course will address broad questions including: How does information enter the brain? What neural pathways transmit these signals? How is information processed and used to construct an internal model of reality? How does the brain choose and execute the correct behavioral response?

Instructors
Lisa M. Boulanger
Introduction to Psychology (SEL)
Subject associations
PSY 101

The study of human nature from the viewpoint of psychological science. Topics range from the biological bases of human perception, thought and action to the social-psychological determinants of individual and group behavior. This course can be used to satisfy the science and technology with laboratory general education requirement.

Psychology of Language (EC)
Subject associations
PSY 309 / LIN 309

The cognitive processes underlying the use and understanding of language, and in learning to speak. Topics include speech production and perception, grammar and meaning, knowledge and words, and pragmatic aspects of language.

Instructors
Adele E. Goldberg
Psychology Research Experience I (Non-Credit)
Subject associations
PSY 230

This sequence is designed to provide Sophomores with an in-lab research experience over two semesters, with PSY 230 in the Fall being the prerequisite for PSY 231 in the Spring. PSY 230 is a non-credit bearing class while PSY 231 carries a full unit of credit (both are graded P/D/F). Students will gain an introduction to research within a Psychology lab. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 6 hours per week engaged in research and attend weekly meetings as outlined by the mentoring faculty. At the end of each semester, students will submit a written report of their research experience (PSY 230) and present their findings (PSY 231).

Crosslisted Courses

Computational Psychiatry
Subject associations
NEU 443 / PSY 443
Developmental Psychology (EC)
Subject associations
PSY 254 / CGS 254
Educational Psychology (EC)
Subject associations
PSY 307 / TPP 307
Functional Neuroanatomy (SEN)
Subject associations
NEU 200 / PSY 200
Fundamentals of Neuroscience (SEN)
Subject associations
NEU 201 / PSY 258
Psychology of Language (EC)
Subject associations
PSY 309 / LIN 309