PSY 314 - PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Fall, 1999

Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 pm

Brooke J. Cannon, Ph.D.

E-mail: cannonb@ac.marywood.edu

Web site: www.epix.net/~tcannon1/homepage.htm

OFFICE HOURS: My office is in the McGowan Center, Room 1030 (x2324). The following are scheduled office hours. Other times are available by appointment. Any changes will be posted on my door:

Monday, Wednesday 1:00-2:30 pm

Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:30 pm

REQUIRED TEXT: Carlson, N. (1998). Physiology of Behavior (6th edition). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

RECOMMENDED TEXT: Carlson, M., LeHoch, K., & Carlson, N. (1998). Strategic Learning Package for Carlson Physiology of Behavior (6th edition). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Survey of the anatomical, physiological, and chemical correlates of behavior. Emphasis on psychopharmacology, sensation, motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. Integrates experimental and clinical research methodologies. These goals will be achieved through lecture, class discussion, readings, demonstrations, and audio-visual aids.

 ATTENDANCE: Attendance at lecture is highly recommended (obviously). This is a tough course, the text is heavy with information, and I expect you will find the lecture useful for clarification of what you read.
 
 

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Quizzes: There will be a quiz on the assigned reading for the week, given on the first class of that week (the second class during weeks with exams on Tuesdays). These 10 point quizzes will be comprised of major concepts and not of the detail to be expected for examinations. The raw scores for the quizzes will be added to the related exam raw score. Grades then will be determined according to the "modified curve" described below. There will be a total of 15 quizzes, 3 or 4 per exam. Missed quizzes receive 0 points. There are no make up quizzes. If you miss a quiz or do poorly on a series of quizzes and/or the related exam, you may "challenge" that content area (see below).

2. Exams (100%): There will be 4 examinations. Format will be predominantly multiple choice, as well as short-answer, drawings, and fill-in. Each section of the course (exam + quizzes) will be worth 25% of your grade. Your raw score on the exam will be added to your raw scores on the 3 or 4 quizzes, for a total of 130 or 140 possible points. Each total section score will be curved, based on class performance, to determine your grade for each section. There are no make up exams. If you miss an exam, you must take the challenge option described below to determine your grade for the missed exam. Do not miss more than one exam. Do not miss the final.

Challenge option: One, and only one, of your semester exams (that is, Exams #1-3) may be "challenged" during the final exam. If you missed an exam you must take this challenge option to determine your grade for the missed exam. The challenge exam will cover the same content as the related semester exam. Your grade on the challenged exam will be based on the curve for the related semester exam. The higher of the 2 grades will be used to factor your course grade. If you did poorly on quizzes, missed quizzes, or did poorly on the exam, or if you simply want to improve your exam score, then you may use this challenge option to improve your course grade. The challenge exam will be administered with Exam #4 during finals week. To be able to take advantage of this option, you must indicate to me by December 2 which, if any, of Exams #1-3 you wish to challenge.

3. Annotated Bibliography (pass/fail): By October 12, you must have your topic approved by me. During the course of the semester (that is, don’t leave it to the last minute!!!), you will create an annotated bibliography to be turned in to me by NOVEMBER 23. If you do not turn it in by this date, you will fail this assignment! Following submission, you will sign up for a 20 minute period (sign-up sheets to be posted on my office door), during which we will have a collegial discussion regarding your topic. You must bring with you a full copy of each article in your bibliography to this meeting. If you do not sign up or do not show for your scheduled meeting, you will fail this assignment! These bibliographies must include 8-15 citations. For each citation, the full reference must be provided, followed by a brief summary of the article (longer than the abstract) and your personal reaction. As a starting point, find a topic that interests you in the text and locate one of the cited references to use as a first citation.

GRADING:

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: A student with a disability may request an adjustment in meeting the requirements of this class. Requests for any such adjustment are handled by Sr. Marian Denise Walsh, Coordinator for Special Services, Room 81, Liberal Arts Center (348-6211 ext. 2330) or Sr. Francella Shaughnessy, McGowan Center (348-6211 ext. 2549).

PROPOSED CLASS SCHEDULE:

[Any alterations from this schedule will be discussed in class.]

Week of 
Topic 
Assignment
August 31 Introduction/Structure and Functions of Cells of the Nervous System   Chapter 1
September 2 NO CLASS – Opening Liturgy/Picnic
September 7  Neural Communication/ Psychopharmacology  Chapters 2,4 
September 14  Structure of the Nervous System/Methods of Physiological Psychology Chapters 3,5
September 21  Control of Movement  Chapter 8
September 28  EXAM #1 in first class period/ Ingestive Behavior: Drinking  Ch. 1-5, 8
Chapter 12
October 5 Vision/Audition, the Body Senses, and the Chemical Senses Chapters 6,7
October 12 BIBLIOGRAPHY TOPICS APPROVED BY TODAY
Sleep
Chapter 9
October 19  EXAM #2 in first class period/Ingestive Behavior: Eating  Ch. 6,7, 9,12 
Chapter 13
October 26  Reproductive Behavior  Chapter 10 
SIGN-UP SHEET NOW ON MY OFFICE DOOR FOR INDIVIDUAL DISCUSSION 20’ SESSION - NO ALTERATIONS ONCE YOU SIGN-UP
November 2 Learning and Memory: Basic Mechanisms Chapter 14
November 9  Emotion; EXAM #3 (in 2nd class period) Chapter 11
Ch. 10,11, 13,14
November 16 Relational Learning and Amnesia; Human Communication Chapter 15
Chapter 16
November 23 ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES DUE
Mental Disorders: Schizophrenia and the Affective Disorders
Chapter 17
November 25 NO CLASS -Thanksgiving
LAST CHANCE TO SIGN-UP FOR INDIVIDUAL DISCUSSION SESSION -
 TO OCCUR DURING FIRST TWO WEEKS OF DECEMBER
November 30 Chapter 17 cont. on 11/30 (no quiz), film;(quiz on 12/2) Mental Disorders: Anxiety Disorders, Autistic Disorders, and Stress Disorders Chapter 18
December 7 Drug Abuse Chapter 19
December 13 During Finals Week: EXAM #4 and Optional Challenge Exam Ch. 15-19