Psychology 260
Introduction to Neuroscience

Syllabus

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The nervous system integrates information about the world and the state of the individual to ensure appropriate behavioral responses. In Lecture and Lab, we will examine the neural and hormonal mechanisms that are the basis for amazing examples of natural animal behavior, such as prey detection, escape, territoriality, learning and biological rhythms. This course is intended to be interdisciplinary and draws from both biological and psychological views of the nervous system and behavior. .


Instructor:  Janine Wotton
Office:  Social Science Center 17
Office Phone:  ext 7305  email: jwotton2@gustavus.edu

Office Hours: W F 8:00 am - 8:50   

Instructor:  Michael Ferragamo
Office:  Nobel 221F
Office Phone:  ext 6369  email: mferrag@gustavus.edu

Office Hours: M W 9:00am -9:50   F1:30 am -2:20

TEXT:

Zupanc, G.K.H. (2004) Behavioral Neurobiology. An integrative approach.

Oxford University Press, New York.

Policy on Animal Care:Failure to treat and care for animals appropriately will result in dismissal from the class and a failing grade will be recorded.

Policy on Academic Dishonesty: Any form of academic dishonesty such as cheating on tests, plagiarism, deliberate misrepresentation of fact, or interfering with the work of other students will result in dismissal from the course and a failing grade. In addition, a complaint will be lodged with the Academic Dean’s office. If you have any question concerning whether or not your behavior may be viewed as dishonest, you are responsible to ask your instructor.

Grades: Student grades for the course will reflect test performance, completion of assignments, and participation and performance in class. Test dates are fixed. The material covered on a particular test will reflect what has been assigned by the date of the test and may not directly correspond with the course outline described above. Students who have a conflict with a test date must contact me at least three class days before the scheduled test. Otherwise makeup tests will only be given to students if the Dean’s office indicates there has been a death in the family or illness has taken the student out of classes

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LECTURE
LINKS LAB INSRUCTIONS LAB LINKS 
February 8

M

Introduction

History

digger wasp Introduction to Lab - techniques

lab rules

W

Bees

bees dance tutorial

bee

F

Brain on the Stand (NYT)
February 15

M

Techniiques

ANATOMY

sheep instructions

Anatomy list

http://academic.uofs.edu/department/psych/sheep/pge3.html

http://www.msu.edu/user/brains/sheepatlas/

W

Imaging Techniques
F

Paper Imaging

Questions

February 22

M

Cell Biology

ANATOMY
W Resting Potential

tutorials
F Action_Potential

March 1

M

ANATOMY QUIZ NEURAL SIMULATIONS

Instructions

Supplement
W

Neurophysiology - propagation
F Synapses

March 8

M

EXAM 1 INSTRUMENTATION

GSR

oscilloscope instructions
W

Geotaxis

vesitibular ocular refles

otoliths & vestibular system
F

Bats

Auditory system

March 15

M

Bats

hearing

doppler

car

FISH DATA

contour

ELECTRIC FISH

Instructions

W Paper Sensory

questions

F

Vision retina

retina paper _kolb

Vision pathways

animation transduction

animation retinal fields

March 22

M

Electric Fish ELECTRIC FISH

Instructions

fish electric fields
W Electric Fish ctd
F 26 EXAM 2

BREAK March 27 - April 5

NO LAB
April 7

W

Motor Control

QUESTIONS

news and views (about the paper)

motor paper

motor files

figs

F

Circadian Rhythms

April 12

M

Paper - circadian

FISHLAB Fish DATA

CIRCADIAN General info

Instructions and code

schedule Monday

schedule Tuesday

W

Modulation

F Biochemical

April 19

M

Seasonal Impact Hormones CIRCADIAN SIMULATIONS

WEEK2simulations

W

Vole - Hormones

young talk
F

Paper Hormones

questions

April 26

M

EXAM 3

ORIENTATION

Instructions

W

MAYDAY

F

Emotion paper

emotion

May 3

M

Migration

North American flyways

HUMAN MEASUREMENT
W

nature paper

Science paper

Science review

questions

F

Topic Paper
May 10

M

Topic Paper online quiz CIRCADIAN DATA
W

Learning & Memory
F

Learning & Memory
May 17

M

Depression brdu NO LAB

W

Topic paper
EXAM 4

Key Dates 

Exam 1 March 8 guide

Exam 2 March 26 guide

Exam 3 April 26 guide

Exam 4 May 22 guide


Link to Undergraduate Neuroscience Meeting

Link to SfN topics

Lab Assignments Due

Next lab after completion

 DATES

NOTES

Anatomy

in class quiz

Monday March 1

Neural

Simulation

next week in lab

Orientation

Electric Fish

inst

lab report guide

example 1 lab report

example2 lab report

example3 lab report

Circadian checklist


LABORATORY HANDOUT LINKS
ANATOMY Anatomy list http://academic.uofs.edu/department/psych/sheep/pge3.html

sheep instructions http://www.msu.edu/user/brains/sheepatlas/

NEURAL SIMULATION

Instructions apsim

pspsim

aphelp

psphelp

Supplement

ORIENTATION

Instructions

INSTRUMENTS

Instructions oscilloscope instructions
ELECTRIC FISH contour
ELECTRIC FISH 

measurements

Instructions fish electric fields

CIRCADIAN Lab

Instructions

WEEK2simulations

RAT SIGN UP SHEET

Monday group

Tuesday group

Circadian data analysis background

CIRCADIAN 1

Figures

http://www.gustavus.edu/oncampus/academics/library/

Young, M.W. (2000) The tick-tock of the biological clock. Scientific American, 282(3), 64-71.

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