Psychology 353-81, Catania

Welcome Letter for Physiological Psychology

Professor: Dr. Lori Catania
Department: Psychology
Course No. & Section: PSY 353-81
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Hello and welcome to Physiological Psychology!

Physiological psychology is the field of psychology that attempts to understand behavior from a biological or physiological perspective. This course will explore the relationship between physiology and behavior, with specific focus on understanding the brain mechanisms that govern behavioral processes.





Students are expected to complete text readings and participate in discussion activities. Upon completion of the course, they should 1) be familiar with terms and concepts related to the history and general study of physiological psychology and 2) have a basic sense of the brain processes involved in sensory and behavioral functioning.





Kolb, B. & Whishaw, I.Q. An Introduction to Brain and Behavior (3rd ed.) New York: Worth Publishers, 2011.



Grading in this course will be based on discussion board posts (20%) and weekly quizzes (80%). Strict deadlines for these assignments will be enforced, and late submissions will not be accepted.



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Good luck and have fun in the course! Dr. Lori Catania