Psychology 2210: Animal Minds

Animals come in a bewildering array of shapes and sizes, and their behaviors are even more diverse. This course provides an introduction to biological and psychological perspectives on questions like these:

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Psychology 5559: Topics in Evolutionary Neuroscience

The focus of this seminar is on three major events in the evolution of brains: the emergence of the nervous system in early vertebrates, the emergence of the neocortex and its homologues, and the evolution of primate brains. Emphasis on comparative anatomy and how it reflects behavior. Prerequisites are at least one of the following: PSYC 2200, 2220, 4200, BIOL 3170, 4190, 4310, graduate standing, or instructor permission. Open to majors in Biology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and to majors/minors in Psychology.

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Psychology 3210: Psychobiology Lab

This hands-on course develops skills necessary for the study of neural bases of behavior, such as brain dissection, electrophysiology, histology, behavioral analysis, and genetic/epigenetic analyses. Emphasis is on mastering contemporary techniques used in neuroscience research and effective, professional written presentation of research findings. Prerequisite: PSYC 2200 or 4200; PSYC 3005 recommended.

Neurobiology of Speech and Language

An overview of the neural systems underlying production and perception of vocal signals, with an emphasis on animal models and their application to human communication. The course will also cover quantitative methods for analyzing and manipulating vocalizations. Prerequisites: Psychology 2200 and 3005, equivalent Biology courses, or instructor permission. At least one 3200 or 3400 course strongly encouraged.

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Computational Neuroscience

Develops skills in processing neural data and analyzing its relationship to stimulus or motor activity. Topics include information theory, receptive fields, point processes, and mixed-effects models. Emphasis is on implementing theoretical concepts with computer programs. Prerequisite: instructor permission.

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