These are the courses I most commonly teach
PSB 3002 BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
Psychology is the study of all behavior and the nervous system is the producer of all behavior. This course will introduce you to the structures, systems, methods, and theories involved in understanding how our nervous system controls normal human experiences and behaviors such as emotions, stress, aggression, learning, memory, perception, speech, cognition, and intelligence. We’ll also study how recreational drugs affect our brain and we’ll look at some of the neurological disorders that occur when brain function goes wrong. This class is not easy, but it will be fascinating!
PSY 4995 (undergraduate) & PSY 6932 (graduate)
SPECIAL TOPICS IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
In this advanced course we will be reading and discussing some of the latest behavioral neuroscience research findings. After finishing the course, students will be able to discuss a broad range of current topics being studied, and current techniques being used, in behavioral neuroscience. They will be able to gather and compare multiple scholarly sources about a topic of interest and draw relevant evidence-based conclusions from those sources about the field of neuroscience. In addition, they will be equipped to discuss and infer future directions in neuroscience as well as the ethical and policy-making implications of this research. There is no textbook for this course.
PSB 6031: ADVANCED BIOPSYCHOLOGY
This course provides an in-depth exploration of the biological underpinnings of behavior. We will begin with the fundamentals of the brain and nervous system and then will proceed to build upon this framework, with applications to various topics such as learning and memory, emotion, perception, sleep, health, addiction, and psychological and neurological disorders. Students will be encouraged to explore the biological bases of the human behaviors they are particularly interested in. Students will gain a broad understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system and be able to explain how its normal and abnormal functioning contributes to various complex human behaviors and neurological diseases. They will be able to discuss a variety of current topics being studied, and current techniques being used, in neuroscience. They will deeply investigate the biological bases of behaviors that they are particularly interested in. They will be able to gather and compare multiple scholarly sources about a topic of interest and draw relevant evidence-based conclusions from those sources about the field of neuroscience.
PSY 3213 RESEARCH METHODS
PSY3213 is intended to teach you to think critically about scientific research, and to introduce you to the research methods, basic statistics, ethical principles, and writing styles used in psychology. Even if you do not pursue a career in research, this course will enhance your logical reasoning and analytical skills and will make you a smarter consumer of information. I think it should be required for all college students! Research Methods is a lot of work, but it’s not difficult. It’s essential knowledge for psychology majors. Our faculty consider it the most important class we teach.