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Psych Dev & Brain Sciences

  • PSYDBS 601  Proseminar in Developmental and Brain Sciences

    Description:
    The proseminar introduces incoming students to the major subfields and specialties in the program and fosters mastery of general skills in the conduct of science. Variable course content illustrates the range of current research in the program and connects it with enduring questions in the field.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 611  Physiological Methods in Neuroscience

    Description:
    The goal of this course is to provide a basic fluency with the technical approaches available to modern neuroscience to graduate students beginning a career in the filed. The course assumes a basic familiarity with biology and psychology and an undergraduate level mastery of neuro-scientific concepts. The course will begin by building on these foundations in order to make a functional understanding of the methods presented possible. Students will make use of a selection of techniques during independent laboratory sessions. By the end of the course student should be able to critically read papers utilizing the techniques taught in the course and solve research problems in their own careers by the appropriate selection and application of technical approaches.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 613  Behavioral Neuroscience

    Description:
    Behavioral Neuroscience is the discipline dedicated to the scientific investigation and advancement of theory pertaining to processes underlying the biological basis of human behavior. The filed is interdisciplinary in approach touching on fields of study such as psychology, biology, chemistry, neuropharmacology, biochemistry, and the clinical sciences (e.g., neurology and neuropsychiatry). The goal of this course is to provide an advanced survey of current topics in behavioral neuroscience. The course takes a research based approach through interpretation, analysis and application of experimental findings. Additional insight will be gained by examination of neural dysfunction in neurological and neuropsychiatrically impaired clinical populations. My hope is that by the conclusion of the course, students will have advanced knowledge in concept and theory, research methodology, and application of neuroscientific knowledge to normal behavior and clinical disorders/syndromes.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 623  Cognitive Neuroscience

    Description:
    This core course covers the cognitive and neural processes that underlie perception, attention, memory, language, social cognition, decision-making and executive function. Classic and recent journal articles will be discussed both to extract major findings and to elucidate the various methods - neuropsychological evaluation, psychophysical measurement, single-cell neurophysiological recording, and neuroimaging - that allow for inferences about the brain bases of cognition.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 641  Computational Methods in Neuroscience

    Description:
    This course is designed to teach students to optimally utilize Matlab as a platform for generating perceptual stimuli, controlling experimental devices such as stimulus delivery systems and recording devices (eye tracking, fMRI, NIRS), and visualizing and analyzing data.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 690  Mentored Research

    Description:
    This course provides the mechanism through which students will receive credit while conducting pre-doctoral research. The student will be individually supervised and mentored by his or her advisor during the design and execution of an original Mentored Research Project. With approval of the student's advisory committee Mentored Research may be applied toward the research requirement for a Master's Degree. 9 credits of Mentored Research are required.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 693  Seminar in Development and Brain Sciences

    Description:
    This course covers topics of interest to the DBS Program faculty with a focus on classic article on the topic and recent paper of significance on the topic. The objectives for this course focus on the following core competencies: ability to clearly communicate and present research and scholarly material, develop critical skills required for evaluation research, and to gain knowledge of the history and recent advances on a relevant research topic.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 695  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of this subject under the supervision of a faculty member. Students wishing to register must do so through the department.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 696  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of this subject under the supervision of a faculty member. Students wishing to register must do so through the department.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 697  Special Topics

    Description:
    This course offers study of selected topics within this subject. Course content and credits vary according to topic and are announced prior to the registration period.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 715  Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience

    Description:
    Developmental behavioral neuroscience is an emerging interdisciplinary field with diverse contributions from the behavioral and biological science. This core course places the study of development in a biological context that includes evolution, genetics, physiology, anatomy, cells, and molecules. The focus is on major concepts and methods used to explain development of brain and behavior, particularly during early stages. Enduring controversies and modern efforts to resolve them will be considered. The course is organized to represent major areas of contemporary research, with attention to both fundamental processes and functionally defined, integrative behavioral systems.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 725  Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

    Description:
    Developmental cognitive neuroscience is an evolving field that investigates the relations between brain and cognitive development. Fundamental questions include: What are the relations between developmental changes in the brain (e.g. morphology, connectivity) and developmental changes in childrens perceptual and cognitive abilities (e.g. depth perception, ability to sustain selective attention, executive functions)? Why, and how, is learning enhanced during certain periods in development? These issues will be investigated in the context of the following specific topics: the development of the visual system, visual attention, memory, executive functions, speech and language. The methods of human cognitive neuroscientific research that can be used with infants and children will also be discussed (e.g. ERP, NIRS).   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 752  Advanced Homones and Behavior

    Description:
    This course will examine the neural and hormonal correlates of behavior. We will consider how hormones influence the development and activation of behavior, and how behaviors, in turn, regulate neural and endocrine physiology. Our discussions will primarily focus on hormone-behavior interactions in mammalian systems. Throughout the course, we will explore the hormonal influences on sex determination, sexual behavior, mating behavior, parental behavior, dominance and aggression, responses to stressful stimuli, immune function and homeostasis, biological rhythms, learning and memory, and endocrine disruptors.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 754  Neurobiology of Addiction

    Description:
    This course examines molecular and cell biology, genetic, and systems approaches to the study of addiction. It begins with an overview of the pharmacological actions of drugs of abuse, neural substrates of drug reward and craving, molecular mechanisms of drug-induced neuroplasticity, genetics, and their involvement in tolerance, sensitization, dependence and addictive behavior. This will include theories of addiction, brain circuits mediating reward and motivation, invertebrate and vertebrate models of addiction, neurotransmitters and signaling pathways targeted by drugs of abuse, and pharmacotherapy of substance use disorders.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 762  Knowledge Acquisition

    Description:
    This is a proposed elective for the Developmental and Brain Sciences program in the Psychology Department. The goal of the course is to acquaint students with the breadth of theories for how we represent and acquire knowledge, with a focus on acquisition. Students will engage with primary and secondary sources, mainly focusing on classic papers and book chapters, and supplementing these with current literature. The current literature portion of the course is expected to evolve over the years to track recent findings that clarify classic theories.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 764  Mechanisms of Attention

    Description:
    The course covers the cognitive and neural processes that underlie mechanisms of attention. Classic and recent journal articles will be discusses to extract major findings and to elucidate the various methods - psychophysical measurement, single-cell neurophysiological recording, neuroimaging - that allow for inferences about the biological bases of cognition. The major focus will be on mechanisms of visual attention, but there will also be some discussion of mechanisms of auditory attention or other sensory modalities, when possible.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 795  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of this subject under the supervision of a faculty member. Students wishing to register must do so through the department.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 796  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of this subject under the supervision of a faculty member. Students wishing to register must do so through the department.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 797  Special Topics

    Description:
    This course offers study of selected topics within this subject. Course content and credits vary according to topic and are announced prior to the registration period.   More Info

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  • PSYDBS 895  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of this subject under the supervision of a faculty member. Students wishing to register must do so through the department.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • PSYDBS 896  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of this subject under the supervision of a faculty member. Students wishing to register must do so through the department.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • PSYDBS 897  Special Topics

    Description:
    This course offers study of selected topics within this subject. Course content and credits vary according to topic and are announced prior to the registration period.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • PSYDBS 899  Dissertation Research

    Description:
    This course provides the mechanism through which student will receive credit for doctoral research. The student will be individually supervised and mentored by his or her advisor during the design and execution of an original Doctoral project, as well as the writing of the Doctoral Dissertation itself. This course is only open to students who have successfully advanced to candidacy for the PhD. 24 credits of Dissertation Research are required for the PhD.   More Info

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