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Spring 2017

NEUR 180-01

Brain, Mind, and Behavior

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 113
  • Instructor: Eric Wiertelak

Notes: *Cross-listed with PSYC 180-01*

A multidisciplinary investigation of behavior and the nervous system. Particular emphasis is placed on human processes of perception, cognition, learning, memory, and language. This course serves as the introductory course for the neuroscience studies major. (4 credits)


NEUR 240-01

Principles-Learning/Behavior

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 205
  • Instructor: Julia Manor

Notes: *Cross-listed with PSYC 240-01*

This course provides an in-depth introduction to the principles and methods used in the study of how behavior changes as a function of experience. The emphasis will be on classical and operant conditioning principles and procedures, which have become the standard research technologies used in biomedical, psychopharmacological, and other animal laboratory research areas. The laboratory component is designed to give students experience with behavioral technology and data collection and analysis. Group A course. Cross- listed with Psychology 240. (4 credits)


NEUR 240-L1

Princ-Learning/Behavior Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: OLRI 371
  • Instructor: Julia Manor

Notes: *Cross-listd with PSYC 240-L1*

This course provides an in-depth introduction to the principles and methods used in the study of how behavior changes as a function of experience. The emphasis will be on classical and operant conditioning principles and procedures, which have become the standard research technologies used in biomedical, psychopharmacological, and other animal laboratory research areas. The laboratory component is designed to give students experience with behavioral technology and data collection and analysis. Group A course. Cross- listed with Psychology 240. (4 credits)


NEUR 244-01

Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 352
  • Instructor: Darcy Burgund

Notes: *Cross-listed with PSYC 244-01; ACTC students may register with permission of the instructor*

Cognitive neuroscience is a relatively recent discipline that combines cognitive science and cognitive psychology with biology and neuroscience to investigate how the brain enables the myriad of complex functions we know as the mind. This course will explore basic concepts and contemporary topics in the field, focusing in particular on the methods used in cognitive neuroscience research. Through lecture and lab sessions, students will learn to read and interpret primary source material, design and implement cognitive neuroscience studies, and present research in verbal and written forms. Overall, students will gain an appreciation for the amazing intricacy of the brain-mind relationship, as well as a sense of how this relationship may be understood eventually using cognitive neuroscience techniques. Group A course. (4 credits)

NEUR 244-L1

Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 349
  • Instructor: Darcy Burgund

Notes: *Cross-listed with PSYC 244-L1; ACTC students may register with permission of the instructor*

Cognitive neuroscience is a relatively recent discipline that combines cognitive science and cognitive psychology with biology and neuroscience to investigate how the brain enables the myriad of complex functions we know as the mind. This course will explore basic concepts and contemporary topics in the field, focusing in particular on the methods used in cognitive neuroscience research. Through lecture and lab sessions, students will learn to read and interpret primary source material, design and implement cognitive neuroscience studies, and present research in verbal and written forms. Overall, students will gain an appreciation for the amazing intricacy of the brain-mind relationship, as well as a sense of how this relationship may be understood eventually using cognitive neuroscience techniques. Group A course. (4 credits)

NEUR 300-01

Directed Research

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 371
  • Instructor: Manor, Wiertelak

Notes: Students are involved and guided in conducting research within specific content areas approved by the supervising faculty. Research may be conducted individually or in small groups depending on the content area. Research groups meet regularly for presentation of background material, discussions of common readings, and reports on project status. Directed research is typically taken in the junior year and is open only to declared majors. Students will be assigned to sections by the supervising faculty. (4 credits)

NEUR 313-01

Philosophy of Mind

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: CARN 105
  • Instructor: Joy Laine

Notes: *Cross-listed with PHIL 213-01*

Materialism, rather than solving the problem of mind, consciousness and intentionality, has spawned numerous philosophical perplexities. This course will examine a variety of philosophical problems associated with contemporary models of the mind (mind/body dualism; mind/brain identity theories; behaviorism; functionalism and artificial intelligence; eliminative naturalism and folk psychology; biological naturalism). The course will also look at contemporary philosophical accounts of personhood and personal identity, particularly narrative accounts of the self. Readings will typically include David Chalmers, Daniel Dennett, Owen Flanagan, Derek Parfit, Marya Schechtman, John Searle, Galen Strawson, and Kathleen Wilkes. Cross-listed with Philosophy 213. (4 Credits)

NEUR 394-01

Brain and Emotion

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: THEATR 205
  • Instructor: Julia Manor

Notes: *Cross-listed with PSYC 394-02* In this course, students will be introduced to the growing field of affective neuroscience. This is a field that has long been controversial because it relies on private experiences. Animal models are often necessary for the controlled study of emotions, but many scientists have denied the existence of animal emotions. We will explore the evidence for emotional systems and experiences in animals and the underlying neurobiological mechanisms. The format of the seminar will include student led discussion of recent topics in the study of affective neuroscience. Topics will include: love and sexuality, anger and aggression, and play and laughter. We will also look at the connections of these emotional systems to development and psychiatric disorders.

NEUR 484-01

Intro Artificial Intelligence

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 241
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Jensen

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required; ACTC Students may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor; cross-listed with COMP 484-01*

An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of artificial intelligence. Topics will include specific AI techniques, a range of application areas, and connections between AI and other areas of study (i.e., philosophy, psychology). Techniques may include heuristic search, automated reasoning, machine learning, deliberative planning and behavior-based agent control. Application areas include robotics, games, knowledge representation, logic, perception, and natural language processing. Offered even-numbered fall semesters. (4 credits) Cross-listed as Computer Science 484.

NEUR 488-01

Senior Seminar

  • Days: WF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 205
  • Instructor: Eric Wiertelak

Notes: *2 credit course*

This two-semester seminar provides an integrative view of neuroscience through study and discussion of current works arising from major sub-areas of the field. The seminar will generally follow a three-week cycle throughout the year. In the first week, students will read and discuss papers by an outside researcher from a discipline related to the program. In the second week, students will attend a talk given by that researcher. In the third week, students will critically discuss the research presented and consider how that work relates to work in other areas of neuroscience as well as their particular area of emphasis. Students will be expected to present to the group the research they themselves did in the research experience component of the major. Open to seniors; students must register for the course in both the fall and spring semesters. Course offered on S/N grading only. (2 credits each semester)

Fall 2016

NEUR 180-01

Brain, Mind, and Behavior

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 113
  • Instructor: Eric Wiertelak

Notes: *Cross-listed with PSYC 180-01*

A multidisciplinary investigation of behavior and the nervous system. Particular emphasis is placed on human processes of perception, cognition, learning, memory, and language. This course serves as the introductory course for the neuroscience studies major. (4 credits)


NEUR 246-01

Exploring Sensation/Perception

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 205
  • Instructor: Julia Manor

Notes: *Cross-listed with PSYC 246-01*

An examination of the processes of sensation and perception. While the course features a strong emphasis on neurophysiology of sensation, classical approaches to the study of perception will also figure prominently. Lecture and weekly 1.5 hour investigatory laboratory. Fulfills Group A requirement. (4 credits)

NEUR 246-L1

Explor Sensation/Percept Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: OLRI 352
  • Instructor: Julia Manor

Notes: *Cross-listed with PSYC 246-L1*

An examination of the processes of sensation and perception. While the course features a strong emphasis on neurophysiology of sensation, classical approaches to the study of perception will also figure prominently. Lecture and weekly 1.5 hour investigatory laboratory. Fulfills Group A requirement. (4 credits)

NEUR 248-01

Behavioral Neuroscience

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Eric Wiertelak

Notes: *Cross-listed with PSYC 248-01*

An examination of the role of the nervous system in the control of behavior. While the course features a systems approach to the investigation of sensory and perceptual mechanisms, molecular, cellular and cognitive components of the nervous system will also be discussed in the context of course topics. Particular emphasis is given to the nature of learning, memory, and motor processes, motivation, emotion, homeostasis, cognition, and human neuropsychology. The laboratory will be used for a variety of instructor-demonstrative and student participatory research and laboratory activities. Fulfills Group A requirement for Psychology. Cross-listed with Psychology 248. (4 credits)

NEUR 248-L1

Behavioral Neuroscience Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 371
  • Instructor: Eric Wiertelak

Notes: *Cross-listed with NEUR 248-L1*

An examination of the role of the nervous system in the control of behavior. While the course features a systems approach to the investigation of sensory and perceptual mechanisms, molecular, cellular and cognitive components of the nervous system will also be discussed in the context of course topics. Particular emphasis is given to the nature of learning, memory, and motor processes, motivation, emotion, homeostasis, cognition, and human neuropsychology. The laboratory will be used for a variety of instructor-demonstrative and student participatory research and laboratory activities. Fulfills Group A requirement for Psychology. Cross-listed with Psychology 248. (4 credits)

NEUR 300-01

Directed Research

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 371
  • Instructor: Manor, Wiertelak

Notes: Students are involved and guided in conducting research within specific content areas approved by the supervising faculty. Research may be conducted individually or in small groups depending on the content area. Research groups meet regularly for presentation of background material, discussions of common readings, and reports on project status. Directed research is typically taken in the junior year and is open only to declared majors. Students will be assigned to sections by the supervising faculty. (4 credits)

NEUR 484-01

Intro Artificial Intelligence

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 241
  • Instructor: Susan Fox

Notes: *Signature of Instructor required for all, to ensure a balance of COMP and NEUR Majors; Cross-listed with COMP 484-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on April 29th with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of artificial intelligence. Topics will include specific AI techniques, a range of application areas, and connections between AI and other areas of study (i.e., philosophy, psychology). Techniques may include heuristic search, automated reasoning, machine learning, deliberative planning and behavior-based agent control. Application areas include robotics, games, knowledge representation, logic, perception, and natural language processing. Offered even-numbered fall semesters. (4 credits) Cross-listed as Computer Science 484.

NEUR 488-01

Senior Seminar

  • Days: WF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 205
  • Instructor: Eric Wiertelak

Notes: *2 credit course*

This two-semester seminar provides an integrative view of neuroscience through study and discussion of current works arising from major sub-areas of the field. The seminar will generally follow a three-week cycle throughout the year. In the first week, students will read and discuss papers by an outside researcher from a discipline related to the program. In the second week, students will attend a talk given by that researcher. In the third week, students will critically discuss the research presented and consider how that work relates to work in other areas of neuroscience as well as their particular area of emphasis. Students will be expected to present to the group the research they themselves did in the research experience component of the major. Open to seniors; students must register for the course in both the fall and spring semesters. Course offered on S/N grading only. (2 credits each semester)