PS 423 Physiological Psychology
FA 2008 HO
Johnson, Andrew T.
Prof of Psychology
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
Aug 18-Dec 12
12:25 - 1:40 PM
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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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the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.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.
Doidge Book Assignments (25 pts each) –
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.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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Course Topics: These are the times for class topics and exams. Any changes will be announced in class.
Structures/ Functions of Cells of the Nervous Sys
Monday September 1st - No class - Labor Day
Structure of the Nervous System
4; D 5
Methods and Strategies of Research
Vision, Audition, Body Senses and Chemical Senses
6/ 7; D1
Sleep and Biological Rhythms
October 11-19: Fall Break - No Classes
Learning and Memory
13; D 8
14; D6 / Research Paper Due
Schizophrenia, Affective, Anxiety, Autistic, ADD/ ADHD, Stress, Substance-abuse Disorders
15/ 16; D3
Thursday/ Friday November 27-28 - No Class Thanksgiving
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)
360 - 400
320 – 359
280 - 319
240 - 279
Doidge’s The Brain that Changes Itself
Sean Thomas or Bob Flanagan
Jeffrey M. Schwartz
Phantom limb pain
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.
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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