NSB-PSYCH 618: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience | Spring 2018

 

Instructors:

Professors David Moorman and Rosie Cowell

Office:

Tobin 528 (Moorman) | Tobin 431 (Cowell)

Email:

moorman[at]umass.edu | rcowell[at]umass.edu

Moodle page:

https://moodle.umass.edu/course/view.php?id=42625

Office hours:

Moorman: Wed 10-11am | Cowell: Tue 10-11am

Class location & time:

Mon/Wed 2.30-3.45pm, Tobin 520

Lab location & time

Thu 3-5pm, ISB 264 (unless otherwise stated)

 

The instructors reserve the right to make minor modifications to this syllabus at any time.

 

Class Information and Communication

This syllabus provides basic information about the course. There is also a course Moodle page, which you must check regularly. The Moodle page will provide information about assigned readings and other activities. This syllabus can be downloaded from the Moodle page.

The best way to contact the instructors is to email us, or to stop by during office hours. If you would like an in-person meeting outside of office hours, please email to arrange.

Readings

Reading assignments for each class are listed on Moodle. Please read the assignment before class.

For class:

·         Principles of Neural Science, Fifth Edition, by Kandel, Schwartz et al. (McGraw-Hill)

·         other selected journal articles and book chapters

For lab:

·         The Sheep Brain: A Photographic Series, Second Edition, by Vanderwolf and Cooley, ISBN: 0-920700-03-9. Students will work in pairs for the labs. Each pair will need one copy of this guide, so you may want to find a lab partner and split the cost.

·         other selected journal articles and book chapters

Both recommended books are available from Amazon Course Materials at UMass.

Grade Composition

Your course total (and associated grade) will be based upon the following components:

1.      Four Exams, 20% each (total of 80%)

2.      Participation in Labs, divided equally over 12 labs, dropping the lowest (total of 11%)

3.      Neuroanatomy Assignment (total of 3%)

4.      Practice In-Class Exam Question (total of 3%)

5.      Practice Take-Home Exam Question (total of 3%)

There are no opportunities for extra credit, e.g., participation in SONA will not add to your grade.

Exams

·         There will be two Take-home Exams and two In-class Exams. Each exam is weighted equally.

·         The exam dates are listed in the Class Schedule below.

·         Exams will cover both material from class and material from the assigned readings.

·         Each exam may cover all material assigned or presented up to that date, including material that may have been tested on previous exams. On any given exam, previously untested material will be weighted more strongly.

·         For the Take-Home exams, your written answers will be submitted via TurnItIn on Moodle. It is an open-book exam, so written sources may be consulted, but be careful to avoid plagiarism (see below). You must not communicate with anyone else about your answers to the exam until after you have turned it in.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism will be taken extremely seriously in this class, and should be avoided at all costs. Please read this website from Indiana University, which gives excellent examples of plagiarism:

https://wts.indiana.edu/writing-guides/plagiarism.html

Please also read the University’s academic honesty policy, available online at:

http://www.umass.edu/honesty/

Disabilities

If you require accommodations because of a documented disability, please ensure that Disability Services sends us the official notification by Monday, February 5th. Please speak to us as soon as possible (and by February 5th) about the accommodations you would like to use.

Class and Lab Schedule (tentative)

Class #

Date

Topic

Instructor

Notes

1

M 22 Jan

Welcome and Introduction

M & C

 

2

W 24 Jan

Somatosensation

Cowell

 

Lab1

Th 25 Jan

Sheep Brain Dissection I

Moorman

NeuroAnat Qu due

3

M 29 Jan

Pain

Cowell

 

4

W 31 Jan

Smell and Taste

Moorman

 

Lab2

Th 1 Feb

Sheep Brain Dissection II

Moorman

 

5

M 5 Feb

Vision: Eye and Brain

Cowell

Practice In-class Qu

6

W 7 Feb

Visual Perception

Cowell

Practice In-Class due

Lab3

Th 8 Feb

Sheep Brain Dissection III

Moorman

 

7

M 12 Feb

Hearing: Ear and Brain

Cowell

 

8

W 14 Feb

Auditory Perception

Cowell

 

Lab4

Th 15 Feb

Histology I

Moorman

 

-

M 19 Feb

Holiday, Presidents’ Day, NO CLASS

 

 

9

W 21 Feb

In-class Exam 1

-

In-class Exam 1

Lab5

Th 22 Feb

Histology II

Moorman

 

10

M 26 Feb

Lower Motor

Moorman

 

11

W 28 Feb

Upper Motor

Moorman

Practice Take-home Qu

Lab6

Th 1 Mar

Motor Control

Moorman

 

12

M 5 Mar

Basal Ganglia

Moorman

Prac. Take-home due

13

W 7 Mar

Visceral Motor

Moorman

 

Lab7

Th 8 Mar

Animal Models

Moorman

 

Spring Break

14

M 19 Mar

Visual Attention and Action

Cowell

Take-home Exam 1

15

W 21 Mar

High-Level Vision

Cowell

 

Lab8

Th 22 Mar

Eye-tracking

Cowell

Tobin 2nd floor

16

M 26 Mar

Memory and Synaptic Plasticity I

Moorman

 

17

W 28 Mar

Memory and Synaptic Plasticity II

Moorman

 

Lab9

Th 29 Mar

Memory Paradigms

Cowell

Location?

18

M 2 Apr

Human Memory

Cowell

 

19

W 4 Apr

Memory and Spatial Cognition

Cowell

 

Lab10

Th 5 Apr

EEG and ERP

Cowell

Tobin

20

M 9 Apr

Disorders of Cognition

Cowell

Take-home Exam 2

21

W 11 Apr

Sleep and Wakefulness

Moorman

 

Lab11

Th 12 Apr

Computational Models

Cowell

Tobin?

-

M 16 Apr

Patriots’ Day, class on Tuesday

 

 

22

Tu 17 Apr

Reproductive Behavior

Moorman

 

23

W 18 Apr

Maternal Behavior

Moorman

 

Lab12

Th 19 Apr

MRI (tentative)

Cowell

HMRC

24

M 23 Apr

Emotions

Moorman

 

25

W 25 Apr

Review

M & C

 

Lab13

Th 26 Apr

To Be Decided

-

 

25

M 30 Apr

In-class Exam 2

-

In-class Exam 2

Finals Week

-

-