PS423 Physiological Psychology

for FA 2012

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PS 423 Physiological Psychology


FA 2012 HO


Johnson, Andrew T.


Professor of Psychology

Office Location

MA 220

Office Hours

Mon & Wed (9–10 a; 12 - 1:30p); Fri (9–10 a) or by appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 20 - December 14

Class Days


Class Time

1:30 - 2:45 PM



Credit Hours


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

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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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  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)
Class Assessment:
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).

·          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.

Assessment Activity

Point Total



Core Assessment










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
Below 240

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.






Aug 20

What is Biopsychology?



Aug 27

Communication within the Nervous Sys

2; D10

Monday September 3rd - No class - Labor Day


Sep 3

Organization & Functions of Nervous Sys

3; Exam 1


Sep 10

Drugs, Addiction, and Reward

5; D11


Sep 17

Motivation & Regulation of Internal States

6; D5


Sep 24

Biology of Sex and Gender

7; D4


Oct 1

Emotion and Health

8; D9; Exam 2 


Oct 8

Hearing & Language

9; D1


October 13-21:  Fall Break - No Classes


Oct 22

Vision & Visual Perception

10; D8


Oct 29

Body Senses & Movement

11; D7; Exam 3


Nov 5

Learning and Memory

12; D2

Monday November 12 - No Class – Veteran’s Day


Nov 12

Intelligence & Cognitive Function

13; D3 / Research Paper Due


Nov 19


14; D6


Nov 26

Sleep & Consciousness



Dec 3



 Final Exam – Wednesday Dec 12 1-3 p – Exam 4

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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