PS 423 Physiological Psychology
FA 2012 HO
Johnson, Andrew T.
Professor of Psychology
Mon & Wed (9–10 a; 12 - 1:30p); Fri (9–10 a) or by appointment
August 20 - December 14
1:30 - 2:45 PM
Textbook: Garrett, R. (2011). Brain and behavior: An introduction to biological psychology (3rd Ed.).
Los Angeles: Sage Publishers. ISBN 978-1-4129-8168-2
Doidge, N. (2007). The brain that changes itself. NY, NY: Viking ISBN 9780670038305
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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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.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
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).
· Exam 1 Block – Chapters 1, 2, 3 (scheduled to be taken by Sep 9)
· Exam 2 Block – Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8 (scheduled to be taken by Oct 7)
· Exam 3 Block – Chapters 9, 10, 11 (scheduled to be taken by Nov 4)
· Exam 4 Block – Chapters 12, 13, 14, 15 (scheduled to be taken by Dec 12)
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 (50 pts each) –
o Chapter presentation/ discussion in class
o Chapter description and application
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.
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.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late assignments will receive half credit. No course assignments will be accepted after the last regular class meeting. Missed participation activities in class may not be made up.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: 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.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: These are the times for class topics and exams. Any changes will be announced in class.
What is Biopsychology?
Communication within the Nervous Sys
Monday September 3rd - No class - Labor Day
Organization & Functions of Nervous Sys
3; Exam 1
Drugs, Addiction, and Reward
Motivation & Regulation of Internal States
Biology of Sex and Gender
Emotion and Health
8; D9; Exam 2
Hearing & Language
October 13-21: Fall Break - No Classes
Vision & Visual Perception
Body Senses & Movement
11; D7; Exam 3
Learning and Memory
Monday November 12 - No Class – Veteran’s Day
Intelligence & Cognitive Function
13; D3 / Research Paper Due
Sleep & Consciousness
Final Exam – Wednesday Dec 12 1-3 p – Exam 4
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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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
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Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
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