PSY 341K • Learning and the Brain - W
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
A survey of history of research and thinking (e.g.'s, Karl Lashley, Donald Hebb) on the biological basis of learning & memory and contemporary models and concepts of the neurobiological systems underlying learning & memory in the vertebrate and mammalian brain. These include: - Amygdala: memory storage vs. memory modulation vs. attention - Molecular Biological Basis of Memory - Neural Basis of Multiple Memory Systems - Long-Term Potentiation; The key to the engram - The Role of the Hippocampus The first half of the course will consist of lectures and classroom discussion based on the required reading, designed to provide an overview of the theories and viewpoints guiding the analysis of learning & memory processes in behavioral neuroscience. With the approval and guidance of the instructor, students will select a specific topic of their choice for further independent study and begin the initial writing components of the course requirements. The second half of the semester will focus on student oral presentations and the preparation of the final draft of their term paper. The students' course grades will be determined by the in-class oral presentation as well as the series of writing assignments covering their selected topic.
Course grades will be assigned according to the sum weighted averages of the five following components: Term Paper; detailed outline (1-3 pages, double spaced) 10% Term Paper; 1st preliminary draft (6 page minimum, double spaced) 20% Oral Presentation (25-30 mins. plus time for questions; 30-35 mins. total) 25% Term Paper; 2nd preliminary draft (8 page minimum, double spaced) 20% Term Paper; final draft (10 page minimum, double spaced) 25%
The course grade would then be determined on the traditional non-curved scale: 100-90 = A, 89-80 = B, 79-70 = C, 69-60 = D, 59-below = F. There are no plans to assign course grades on a curve at this time.
TBA-Articles selected by the professor are typically available on reserve at the Life Science Library in the Main Building (MAI).