psy240 | undergraduate
The Brain, The Body, And The Mind: All Together Now
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Hormones and Sex
- Describe the neuroendocrine system's involvement in sexual development.
- Relate hormones to sexual development and behavior.
- Summarize perspectives on sexual orientation and identity.
Sleep, Dreaming, and Circadian Rhythms
- Describe common sleep stages and dream concepts and theories.
- Differentiate between recuperation and circadian theories of sleep.
- Analyze the effects of sleep deprivation and long-term sleep reduction.
- Describe common sleeping disorders and drugs that affect sleep.
Hunger, Eating, and Health
- Hypothesize main causal factors of obesity and anorexia.
- Describe common factors that influence what, when, and how much we eat.
- Differentiate between set points and settling points in weight control.
- Relate physiological factors to hunger and satiety.
Addictions and Emotions
- Discuss the principles of drug addiction.
- Categorize health effects of commonly abused drugs.
- Describe the theories and brain mechanisms of emotion.
The Split Brain & Psychiatric Disorders
- Describe four methods of studying cerebral lateralization.
- Distinguish between functions of the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
- Describe various psychiatric disorders and diseases.
- Associate appropriate drug remedies for psychiatric disorders and diseases.
- Describe the biological functions/dysfunctions and drug therapies associated with schizophrenia.
- Apply biopsychology principles to different psychological disorders.
Introduction to Biopsychology
- Describe biopsychology and its theoretical framework.
- Explain the effects of behavior on evolution.
- Explain the concepts behind the nature versus nurture issue.
The Brain and Nervous System
- Identify the structures of the nervous system and brain.
- Summarize the biological functions of the brain.
- Discuss the basic structures and functions of neurons and synapses in the brain.
- Describe the conduction of action potentials and activation of neurotransmitters.
- Describe methods for studying the brain.
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