Selected research topics of contemporary interest. Quarterly listings of specific offerings are available at departmental advisory office.
Over the past few decades, the classic view of the adult brain as hard-wired and unchanging has been dramatically overturned. We'll discuss the ground-breaking basic research behind this change via student-led class presentations. Reading will focus on key original research and review papers from the human and animal literatures. The course will emphasize applications of the basic research to improving human conditions
Student learning goals
Students will learn to read and evaluate research articles
Students will learn about a variety of methods used to understand how the brain works
General method of instruction
Lectures by Dr. Fine and invited speakers. At our weekly meetings, students give presentations on the topics listed below.
Some background in neurobiology or sensory systems (e.g. Psych 333)
Class assignments and grading
At our weekly meetings, students give presentations on the topics listed below. Groups meet with the instructor prior to presentation for guidance.
Grading is based on presentation quality, participation in class discussion, and short answer & essay assignments for the midterm and final.