Examination of current theories and recent developments in our understanding of the role of learning in modulating animal behavior. A broad range of animal models used to study various Psychological phenomena will be covered with an emphasis on the role of learning and memory processes in these models.
Psychobiology (PSYC 4324)
The goal of this course is to provide a basic understanding of how the nervous system regulates behavior. Emphasis will be placed on the principles by which the brain can regulate and modify behavioral and psychological processes. The course will begin with an introduction of pharmacological and neural principles that regulate neural transmission in the brain. The second phase of the course will focus on brain regulation of processes such as vision, hearing, reproduction, and ingestive behaviors. Lastly, we will cover brain regulation of affective disorders and drug addiction.
Drugs and Behavior (PSYC 4345)
The goal of this course is to provide a basic understanding of how drugs produce their behavioral effects. Emphasis will be placed on drugs of abuse, and the principles by which these substances modify and regulate behavior in the brain. The course will begin with an introduction of pharmacological and neural principles that regulate neural transmission in the brain. The next phase of the course will cover animal models used to study human behavior. We will cover current theories of drug addiction and how these theories apply to different abused substances.
Grant Writing (PSYC 5355)
This course will cover various topics related to proposal writing. The goal is to familiarize the students with the process involved in writing and submitting a proposal. The students are expected to develop and write a proposal to submit at the end of the semester. We will do a “mock” review session where the students will evaluate each other’s applications in a written summary statement.
Ethics in Scientific Research (PSYC 5355)
The primary focus of the course is to survey several ethical issues related to conducting, disseminating, and funding scientific research. We also discuss ethical issues that involve professional behavior, cultural bias, and legal and intellectual property matters. Training in Ethics has emerged as an important criterion for many training grant mechanisms, and the course provides a survey of ethical issues that address ethics training in science.