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Physiological Psychology PSYC 3341-23907 Fall 2011 MWF 10:00am-11:00am, Garrison Gymnasium (GAR) room 205 Instructor: Darby

Hawley, M.A. Office: Heyne 4D Office Hours: MW 11am-1pm or by appointment E-mail: Course Objectives: This course is designed to explore the basic concepts of the central nervous system. You will gain an understanding for how the central nervous system regulates behavior, and how the environment impacts the brain. Required Text: Kalat, J. W. (2009). Biological Psychology (10th ed.). , Canada: Wadsworth. Attendance: Attendance will not be taken, but you are expected to attend class regularly. You will greatly benefit from attending and participating in class, and your grades will undoubtedly reflect whether you come to class or not. If you miss class you are still responsible for any information, instructions, handouts, changes, etc. that are covered, as well as any assignments due or given on that day. It is your responsibility to obtain the information. Grades: There will be a total of 380 possible points this semester from graded assignments. Final grades will be determined as follows: 1. Quizzes (10 quizzes for 10 pts each) 100 points 2. Exam 1 40 points 3. Exam 2 40 points 4. Exam 3 40 points 5. Exam 4 40 points 6. Final Exam: a. Part 1 40 points b. Part 2 40 points c. Part 3 40 points 93% (and above) = A 90-92% = A87-89% = B+ 83-86% = B 80-82% = B77-79% = C+ 73-76% = C 70-72% = C67-69% = D+ 63-66% = D 60-62% = Dbelow 60% = F

Extra Credit: Extra credit is not offered in this class. The answers to all quiz and exam questions will be provided in class or within the text. Graded Assignments: There will be a quiz almost every week throughout the semester. The goal of the quizzes is to help you keep up with the readings and

encourage active listening during lectures. Each quiz will be worth 10 points and will be on the material covered in class and in the readings since the last quiz. Of the 12 quizzes, the top 10 best scores will be counted toward your final grade. There will be 4 exams throughout the semester which will cover information presented in class as well as in the assigned readings. The Final will be cumulative, but will be divided among three days (i.e. parts 1, 2, and 3), each part covering 1/3 of the course material. The Final will be divided up into three parts in order to help reduce stress on you during finals week. The first two parts of the Final will be on the last 2 days of classes and the third part will be during finals week. The format of the exams throughout the semester and the Final will include multiple choice, matching, true/false, and short answer questions. You must bring a scantron to each exam. Make-up Quizzes/Exams: Make-up quizzes and exams are NOT available. Quizzes will be given during the first 10 minutes of class. If you are late to class, you will not be permitted to take the quiz. Since only 10 of the 12 quizzes will be counted toward your final grade, you will be able to miss 2 without it negatively impacting your grade; however, I recommend that you arrive to class in a timely fashion. Roundtable Days: In November there will be two roundtable discussions covering different topics: Neurodegenerative Diseases (Parkinsons and Alzheimers Diseases) or Mood Disorders (Major Depressive and Bipolar Disorders). You may pick which topic is the most interesting to you and attend the discussion of your choice. Before the discussion day, make sure that you have read the assigned readings. Of the two topics, you will only be tested on the topic of your choice. Even if you attend both roundtable discussions, you will only be tested on one of the topics. Build A Brain Review Day: The last class before the Final we will review topics pertaining to the course material. Additionally, we will be building our own brains out of play dough. As we build the brains together in class, each student will get the opportunity to answer a question about the play dough brain they have created. If answered correctly, a point will be added to their course grade. This final class day functions as both a review of course material and a chance for you to increase your grade. Make sure that you bring our own play dough. Blackboard: Blackboard Vista is an online course system that provides course material and handouts from class. If you are enrolled in my course, then the course has already been added to your account. To log on to Blackboard go to and click the blue Blackboard Vista button. For first-time users, your user name is your PeopleSoft ID. Your initial password uses the format mmddyya! where mmddyy is the students birth date with a 2-digit year, and the letter a is the first letter of the students last name. The exclamation point is part of the password and must be entered. For example, new student Joan Smith born on April 1, 1989 would have an initial password of 040189s!. If you need help you can click the Student Help option, visit Room

116-PGH, call 713-743-1411, or email with the your full name, course name and number, section number, instructors name and a description of the problem. I will be posting course material and handouts on Blackboard throughout the semester so you want to make sure that you check it regularly. The answers to quizzes will be posted on Blackboard following class. Lectures will also be posted on Blackboard as long as class attendance maintains at least 50%. However, if more than 50% of the class is consistently absent, lectures will not be posted on Blackboard. Classroom Etiquette: I will be respectful of you and your time; I expect the same from you towards me and towards your peers. The Movie Theatre policy will be implemented throughout the semester (i.e. dont be late, dont eat during class, and silence cell phones). Changes to the Schedule: While most of the information presented in this syllabus will remain the same, some changes may be necessary as the class progresses. You are responsible for any changes that are made to the syllabus and schedule during the semester. Again, I strongly recommend you exchange information with at least two classmates in the event that you need to get information covered in class or have a last minute question. Extra Help: Help IS available! This is a small class, and each of you has ample opportunities to obtain assistance if you need it. I have office hours listed at the top of the syllabus. If you cannot make it to my office hours, email me and we can schedule an appointment. Do not wait until the day before the test to ask for help. Academic Honesty: The College has implemented a clear policy with regard to academic honesty, a policy that will be strictly enforced in this class. Please refer to the student catalog for more information. Students with Disabilities: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, I will make every effort to reasonably accommodate students who request and require assistance. The Center for Students with Disabilities ( provides academic support services for UH students who have any type of health impairment, learning disability, physical disability, or psychiatric disorder. Individuals wishing to find out more about these services should contact CSD in Room 305 in the Student Service Center (or call 743-5400). Students requesting reasonable and necessary accommodations for this course (including testing modifications) need to provide appropriate documentation from the Center for students with Disabilities prior to the first exam. Hints For Successfully Completing the Course 1. Come to class. Very few students are capable of learning this courses content on their own. VERY FEW. Do not assume that you are one of them.

2. Keep up with the information. Review your notes after each class, and read the assigned text pages soon after the corresponding class lecture. Ideally, the text pages should be read the same day as the lecture or the day before or after. Under no circumstances should you wait until the night before the exam to read the text. Reading the text regularly will help reinforce what you learn in class and prepare you to correctly answer exam questions on information covered in the book. 3. Seek help. It is your job to get a C or better in this class, and my job to help you do so. I can help you take better notes, learn effectively from your notes, devise effective study strategies, etc. If you cant make it to my office hours, send me an e mail and make an appointment to see me with specific questions. Do not wait until you have failed the first 2 exams to seek help. Do not ask me if you can write a paper in order to salvage your grade. When you email me, put the course number in the subject line so that I know to check your email ASAP. 4. Make sure you can answer the questions in your text (Stop and Check). If you cant, reread the material until you can. The question wont go away just because you cant answer it the first time. Course Outline Date M-8/22 W-8/24 F-8/26 M-8/29 W-8/31 F-9/2 M-9/5 W-9/7 F-9/9 M-9/12 W-9/14 F-9/16 M-9/19 W-9/21 F-9/23 M-9/26 W-9/28 F-9/30 Topics Introduction Structure of the brain, Part 1 Structure of the brain, Part 2 Properties of neurons Properties of glia How neurons communicate, Part 1 Labor Day: No Class How neurons communicate, Part 2 No Class No Class Neurotransmitters Neuropharmacology EXAM 1 Brain development, plasticity, & repair Brain development, plasticity, & repair Mechanical senses- touch Mechanical senses- pain Mechanical senses- hearing 123-137 139-147 199-203 203-208 189-194 57-62 68-78 49-57 83-96 98-105 27-32 32-35 37-45 Reading (pages) DUE

M-10/3 W-10/5 F-10/7 M10/10 W10/12 F-10/14 M10/17 W10/19 F-10/21 M10/24 W10/26 F-10/28 M10/31 W-11/2 F-11/4 M-11/7 W-11/9 F-11/11 M11/14 W11/16 F-11/18 M11/21 W11/23 F-11/25 M11/28 W11/30 F-12/2 W12/14

Mechanical senses- hearing Chemical senses Vision Vision EXAM 2 Muscles & movement Muscles & movement Stress & health Stress & health Circadian rhythms, sleep, & dreams Circadian rhythms, sleep, & dreams Sexual differentiation EXAM 3 Body weight regulation Body weight regulation Neurobiology of learning Neurobiology of learning Neurobiology of memory EXAM 4 Hemispheric specialization Roundtable Day 1: Neurodegenerative Diseases Roundtable Day 2: Mood Disorders Thanksgiving Break: No Class Thanksgiving Break: No Class Build A Brain Review Day Final: Part 1 Final: Part 2 Final: Part 3 (11am-2pm)

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