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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spring 2009

PSY 308 • Biopsychology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43030 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
NOA 1.126

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the biological bases of psychological processes and behavior. We will first cover the basic foundations of the nervous system such as anatomy and physiology. Then we will study how the nervous system underlies our perception, motor skills, basic needs such as eating and sleeping, emotions, memory and many basic behaviors involved in daily life. We will also talk about various brain disorders. This course covers basic concepts, findings and research in the field of Biopsychology.

Grading Policy

The course grade will be based on four examinations, each covering about one-fourth of the course material and a cumulative final examination. The exams will include material from lectures, readings, and points brought up in discussion during class. Each test will consist of multiple choice and short answers. The best 4 out of 5 grades will be used in calculating the course grade, in which each exam grade will count 25% towards to the final course grade. Thus, you have the option of not taking one of the four tests during the semester or the final test.


Biopsychology, John PJ Pinel, 7th edition


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