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PS 423 Physiological Psychology
Johnson, Andrew T.


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Course

PS 423 Physiological Psychology

Semester

FA 2008 HO

Faculty

Johnson, Andrew T.

Title

Prof of Psychology

Office Location

MA220

Office Hours

Mon (9–10 am; 11-12:15 pm; 1:45-2:30 pm); Wed (9–10 am); Fri (9–10 am; 11-12:00 pm) or by appointment

Daytime Phone

816.584.6722

E-Mail

ajohnson@park.edu

Semester Dates

Aug 18-Dec 12

Class Days

-M---F-

Class Time

12:25 - 1:40 PM

Prerequisites

PS101

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Carlson, N.R. (2007). Foundations of Physiological Psychology (7th Ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 9780205597918

Doidge, N. (2007). The brain that changes itself. NY, NY: Viking ISBN 9780670038305

Suggested: Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th  Ed.).

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Course Description:
PS423 Physiological Psychology - PreRequisites: PS101 or permission of instructor. - An introduction to the general principles and relationships between brain, mind and behavior; includes brain mechanisms, perception, motivation, emotion, learning, memory, higher cognition and disorders (neurological and psychological). 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on student engagement.  Lectures, demonstrations, participation activities, readings, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet and technology are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, synthesize course material and apply it to their own lives.

Class Assessment:

Course Objectives:

  1. Utilize the vocabulary of physiological psychology. (Program Competency # 1, 7)
  2. Identify and evaluate methods in physiological psychology. (Program Competency # 1, 2, 4, 5)
  3. Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate physiological psychology literature. (Program Competency # 4, 5, 7)
  4. Synthesize physiological psychology concepts across perception, motivation, emotion, learning, memory, higher cognition, and disorders. (Program Competency # 6, 7)
  5. Display professional psychological writing and proper and appropriate use of APA style. (Program Competency # 7)

Academic Honesty: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors. 

Attendance Policy: Attendance is not mandatory, but crucial to your performance in this class. There will be information presented in class lectures that will not be found in your text and you will be responsible for this on the exams. Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Late Submission of Course Materials: For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted. No course materials will be accepted after the last regular class meeting. Missed participation activities in class may not be made up.  

Course Assessment: A variety of methods, e.g., examinations, participation activities, inclass/ online experiments, papers, etc, will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed on their performance on exams, writing assignments, and class participation.

  1. Exams: There will be a total of 4 exams each worth a total of 50 points. Each of the exams covers a block of material/ chapters (approximately four chapters). Make-ups for the exams will be given only to those who have scheduled a test time before that exam. Note: the format of make-up exams may be different than regular exams.
  2. Core Assessment (Research Paper and Presentation): A research paper addressing a topic area in physiological psychology is a requirement in this course. The length of the body of the paper should be at least 10 pages of text with at least 10 primary source references (journal articles). The paper should be written in APA style. The research paper is worth a total of 50 points. Additionally, students will prepare and present a PPT summarizing their topic in 10-12 minutes (30 pts). Finally, students will prepare a handout/ brochure about their topic (no more than 2 pages back to back – trifolded) (20 pts). Topics for the paper will be related to the chapter in the Doidge book.
  3. Assignments: Throughout the course of this class students will be asked to complete assignments to reinforce the course material.

Doidge Book Assignments (25 pts each) –

    • Chapter presentation/ discussion in class
    • Chapter description and application
    • Research article description and critique
    • Description of neuropsychological test

The order of chapter presentations is outlined in the Course Topic area. Additionally, information related to the individual chapters may be found in the table at the end of the syllabus.

Assessment Activity

Point Total

Exams

200

Core Assessment

100

Assignments

100

total

400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  1. I expect all students to arrive on time and remain in the classroom except for emergencies. 
  2. No food or drink is permitted in the classroom except water in a closed container.
  3. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
  4. Submission of papers written for other classes is not acceptable.  I expect that each individual assignment or paper you submit in this class is a unique one.  Violation of this will result in a failing grade for the assignment.

Disability Guidelines: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: www.park.edu/disability.

Course Topics: These are the times for class topics and exams. Any changes will be announced in class.

Week

 Date

 Topic

 Chapter(s)

1

Aug 18

Introduction

1

2

Aug 25

Structures/ Functions of Cells of the Nervous Sys

2; D10

Monday September 1st - No class - Labor Day

3

Sep 1

Structure of the Nervous System

3

4

Sept 8

Psychopharmacology

4; D 5

5

Sep 15

Methods and Strategies of Research

5

6

Sep 22

Vision, Audition, Body Senses and Chemical Senses

6/ 7; D1

7

Sep 29

Sleep and Biological Rhythms

8; D7

8

Oct 6

Reproduction Behavior

9; D4 

9

October 11-19:  Fall Break - No Classes

10

Oct 20

Emotion

10; D9

11

Oct 27

Ingestive Behavior

11

12

Nov 3

Learning and Memory

12; D2

13

Nov 10

Communication

13; D 8

14

Nov 17

Neurological Disorders

14; D6 / Research Paper Due

15

Nov 24

Schizophrenia, Affective, Anxiety, Autistic, ADD/ ADHD, Stress, Substance-abuse Disorders

15/ 16; D3

Thursday/ Friday November 27-28 - No Class Thanksgiving

16

Presentations

17

 Final Exam – Monday Dec 8 1-3 pm

Grading: The course grade is determined by the total number of points from the assignments and exams. Grades will be based on percentage cutoffs, i.e., 90 % and higher = A, 80-89 % = B, 70-79 % = C, 60-69 % = D, and less than 60 % = F.

Points (total = 400)

Grade

360 - 400

A

320 – 359

B

280 - 319

C

240 - 279

D

Below 240

F

Grading:
 

Doidge’s The Brain that Changes Itself

Chapter

 Case

Topic

Researcher

1

Cheryl

Vestibular imbalance

Paul Bach-y-Rita

2

Barbara

Learning Disabilities

Alexander Luria

3

Laura Lee

Autism

Michael Merzenich

4

Sean Thomas or Bob Flanagan

Erotic Plasticity

Walter Freeman

5

Michael Bernstein

Stroke

Edward Taub

6

Emma

OCD

Jeffrey M. Schwartz

7

Philip Martinez

Phantom limb pain

V.S. Ramachandran

8

Matthew Nague

Imagination

Alvaro Pascual-Leone

9

Mr L

Psychoanalysis

Eric Kandel

10

Dr. Karansky

Stem Cells

George Vaillant

11

Michelle Mack

Brain Gestalts

Jordan Grafman

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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