PSYC-333   Brain & Behavior

This course explores the rapidly expanding knowledge of brain function that is having a major impact on the way we understand everyday behavior, personality, and human nature. Specific topics include the relationship of brain function to vision, sleep, sexuality, memory, language, emotions, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and homosexuality. The course includes an introduction to the work of clinical neuropsychologists and cognitive neuroscientists by way of clinical case studies. Class discussions and readings also focus on our understanding of persons in light of this research. Laboratory and off-campus experiences introduce basic anatomy and physiology of the brain, electrophysiological measures (EEG), behavioral measures of brain function, and neuropsychological testing. Prerequisites: Psychology 151 and biology core or permission of the instructor. Recommended: junior or senior status.