Class: Science Center 108
Science Center 127
Office Hours: M 1:00 pm
W 10:00 am
F 1:00 pm
Here are the final presentations
There are updated dates for what is due for the paper.
Check the page about the final paper for these new
The slides about control system theory have been posted.
Look at the schedule for this topic.
Feb 9, 2005
- Here is the lab handout for the lab
on Feb 10.
Here is the link to the web notes and activities I used in class today.
Feb 8, 2005
Here is the links to the web pages I used in class today. Remember, if
the programs ask you do download something, the download is safe. It is
from Sun Microsystems.
Jan 24, 2005
Here is the link to notes where you can find the Nernst and Goldman Equations.
Here is a spreadsheet to do some problems related to the Action and Synaptic
Potentials this week. It does the Nernst and Goldmann Equations.
Or if you are using a recent verion of Internet Explorer, you can use this web
based version of the spreadsheet.
Jan 14, 2005
The tutorials for next week have been better indicated. Check the
The dates for the first three exams have been posted on the syllabus below.
Check the class schedule.
Jan 10, 2005
Look in this space on the syllabus for course updates and announcements.
Course Descriptions and Soapbox Standing: The central nervous
system, composed of the brain and spinal chord, is the control center of the
body; however, it is a jelly-like mass encased in fluid-filled sacks again
encased in bone. How do these buried structures carry on the tasks of learning
about the environment around us, controlling our movements so precisely,
helping us survive individually and as a species, causing us to experience
finely-tuned emotional reactions, learning, remembering, speaking so well?
That is the goal of this class: To bring some light to this greatest of all
human mysteries. Our answers are at best tentative, but we have learned much
and the hints at the final answers are, I find, exciting.
Course Objectives: The goals of the laboratory portions of the class
are: (1) to gain first-hand knowledge of neuroanatomy, (2) to gain experience
in the handling, care, and proper use of laboratory animals, and (3) to
acquaint you with some of the behavioral methods used to study brain-behavior
Role of Course in Major: This course is a 200 level laboratory
course. As such it has several purposes: 1) to give you some exposure to
the biological side of psychology. As such this course is paired with
sensation and perception. If you do not take S&P, I give a good coverage
of the biological aspects of that topic in this course, which happens to be
the part of the central nervous system we understand the best. 2) To give you
some basic laboratory experience to assist you in your 300 level psychology
laboratory course. You will be required to do an independent research
project in that course so this course needs to give you some background in
doing experimental research.
Role of Course in the Liberal Arts: There are many mottos that might
be associated with the liberal arts. "Know thyself" is certainly one.
In that sense, understanding that part of our body that most defines who we
are is fundamental to knowing ourselves. As such this course is designed
to be course of self-exploration by examining what is known and the
implications of what is known about ourselves. In addition, this course
is the second course in a LADR sequence as part of the Natural World. As
such, I want to expose you to the way that science asks and answers questions.
Read material before coming to class. In
class we will not simply recover what is in the text but examine the material to
see if we can figure out what it means. Thus, familiarity with the
material prior to class is vital.
Turn assignments in on time. A letter grade
is lost for each late day and nothing will be accepted more than three days
Participation in Class. As much of this
class will be an investigation into the meaning of the findings we discuss we
need all of you to ask questions, suggest ideas and critique other people's
ideas, including mine.
Seek help as you need it. Unfortunately my
training in psychology has not made me a mind reader. If you are
having troubles seek help from me and/or fellow students before the latter part
of the term. Seek the help as soon as the trouble begins. That
requires you thinking about the material and not just memorizing so that you
know if you really understand it.
||Overview, Philosophy, Connection to Bio 162
||Overall Structure of the Nervous System
Tutorial. Do these tutorials:
Friday Meet at the Library Computer Lab
Cells and Communication Basics
Online Tutorials and
Do all the tutorials and quizzes here, the brain tutorials are repeats.
Test 1 Fri Feb 4
Test 2 Fri Feb 25
||Control System Theory/Basic Regulation
Control Systems Theory PowerPoint
Test 3 Fri Mar 25
||Higher Functions: Communication
||All of the above
There will be four examinations. In a course of this type, all later
information builds upon the foundation developed in earlier parts of the course.
Therefore the course is cumulative and so are the examinations. Each examination
will cover material from all previous sections of the course. Since later
examinations will be covering more material they will be worth more points. The
value of the examinations are as follows:
The first three examinations will be one hour in length and take place during
a class period. The final exam will take place during the final exam
period at the end of the term. While you are studying for your tests you
might checkout the
Aids. They might be of some help. I would appreciate feedback on the utility
of this site.
paper and presentation is described in detail here.
The final project will be worth 200 points.
I have planned four labs. The scheduling is not determined and will
depend upon how we proceed through these materials. However, the will
occur in the order below. Each lab will have a different type of
assignment to build up different laboratory skills.
Dissection: At the end of the dissection, a practicum will be given to assess
you knowledge of the structures you have found in the brain. In addition,
you will be given on essay question asking you to compare the general shape and
organization of the sheep brain to the human brain. This practicum will be
worth 150 points.
Other Labs: For the rest of the labs, there will be laboratory reports.
The report for the format will be discussed later. Basically I have not
figured it out. Each lab will be worth 100 points.
Part of the Natural World LADR objective is to show you different ways that
science is conducted. However, this class, and the biology class that
preceded it can only show a small number of methods. So this assignment is
to give you experience with alternative methods, but from a psychological
perspective. You can earn this credit in three ways. First, you can
participate in research that is being conducted by faculty members or students
of Hanover College. By participating in these studies, you can gain valuable,
first-hand knowledge about how research is conducted. You will receive 50 points
for each 1/2 hour of participation. To receive credit, you MUST: a) obtain the
signature of the researcher, and b) answer some basic questions about the nature
and purpose of the study [see attached
Research Participation Form]. Second, you can substitute two online studies
for any one Hanover study found on this site:
http://psych.hanover.edu/research/exponnet.html. While you cannot get
the researchers signature you must still fill out the questions [see
attached Online Participation Form]. Third, you can obtain the credit
by writing a 2-page summary and critique of an approved psychological journal
article. The guidelines are here. You must
complete two of these assignments by the end of the term. You may earn
extra credit by completing two more of these assignments at 30 points each. The
final date to turn in Research Participation Forms and/or Article Critiques is
December 1, 2003.
Class Participation and Miscellaneous Grades:
To help ensure that students
actively participate there is a participation grade. In addition I reserve the
right to give other small assignments and quizzes as I see fit to best benefit
the quality of the class experience. The points for this section is 150 points.
At least 100 will be participation. Up to the other 50 points could be short in
class quizzes, or other network assignments or perhaps a reading assignment.
These will be clearly announced with their point value. What ever is not used in
these assignments will be part of the participation grade.
An assignment is late 1
minute after the beginning of class. One letter grade will be subtracted for the
first day late and another letter grade for each additional day. No
assignment will be accepted more than three days late.
Grades will be converted to percentiles and letter grades will be assigned as
100 - >93%
93 - 90%
<90 - 87%
<87 - >83%
83 - 80%
<80% - 77%
<77 - > 73%
73 - 70%
<70 - 67%
<67 - 60%