PSYCHOLOGY

PSYC-598
Seminar in Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Examination of neuroscience issues through articles, texts, and group discussion. The course extends the foundations established in the core curriculum and demonstrates their application to cutting edge research. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

PSYC-598
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PSYCHOLOGY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Seminar in Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience (3)

Neural Bases of Learning and Memory

This seminar examines the neural structures and processes that enable human and nonhuman animals to modify their behavior as a function of experience. An enormous amount of research and theory attempts to describe how the nervous system (or its various cortical, subcortical, cellular or molecular components) acquires, stores, and utilizes information. The seminar evaluates this effort, not only in terms of its implications for neurobiology, but also with respect to its appreciation for the principles and methods of human and nonhuman learning and memory. Integration of neuroscientific and cognitive perspectives enables students to comprehend and assess theories of learning and memory processes in a way that is sophisticated at the neural, behavioral, and psychological levels of analysis. The class also considers how knowledge obtained at these levels of analysis can be applied to improve understanding of cognitive dementias and behavioral disorders.