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

Spring 2005

PSY 383M • Fundamentals of Physiological Psychology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41630 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
SEA 2.108

Course Description

In this course we will be concerned with the biological basis of human behavior; we will explore the many ways in which bodily states and processes influence and control behavior. We will draw from the scientific research of psychologists, anatomists, chemists, endocrinologists, engineers, geneticists, neurologists, physiologists, and zoologists. We will begin with the basic properties of the nervous system (the brain) and the endocrine system (the glands) since they provide the fundamental building blocks of behavior. We then discuss the sensory systems, the motor systems and the information processing that occurs between the two. Having considered the basic capabilities of the perceptual-motor systems, we will then concentrate on other aspects of human behavior such as: biological rhythms, sleep, homeostatic regulation of internal states, gender, sexual behavior, neural mechanisms of learning, and memory.

Grading Policy

There will be a total of five exams. You are only required to take the first four exams. Alternatively, if you are unhappy with your grade after the first four exams, you may take the fifth exam and your grade will be based upon all five exams. There will be no make-up exams. If you miss one exam, for whatever reason, then you must take the fifth exam and your final grade will be based upon the four exams that you took.


Biological Psychology (2002) 3rd Edition Sinauer Associates M.R. Rosenzweig, S.M. Breedlove, and A.L. Leiman University of California, Berkeley


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