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BS 3346 Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop (Series I) - Bridges between Neuroscience and Psychology

Course Coordinator: Assistant Professor Rupshi MITRA (email: RMitra@ntu.edu.sg )
 
Academic Unit: 3 AU
 
Availability: Semester 2 (the week after Semester 2 examination period)
 
Pre-requisite: BS3019 Neuropsychology of Stress & Resilience
 
Course Type: BS-Major-PE
 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Teaching hours: Practicals 40 hrs; Tutorial (seminar, discussion,presentation and quiz) 25 hrs
 
Learning Objective:
Students in double major program have exposure to both psychology and biology. This course aims to integrate these streams of knowledge. The course will traverse the interface between two disciplines using practical examples. Students will conduct experiments using basic neurobiological techniques and learn to interpret those from vantage points of both fields.
 
 
Content:

1. Use of animal models to study human behavioral biology.
2. Brain structure in context of behavior.
3. Capacity of brain and behavior to change.
4. Homeostasis and individual difference.
5. Analysis and integration.

Learning Outcome:
Students successfully completing this course will be able to:
1. Describe relationship between brain structure and function.
2. Describe relationship between biology of brain and behavior.
3. Analyze changes in brain structure as a function of change in environment.
4. Analyze validity of animal models to study human behaviors.
5. Demonstrate connections between neuroscience and psychology using examples.
Student Assessment:
a. In-class quizzes (40%)
Students will actively participate in continuous quizzes built around both theoretical readiness and laboratory practical.

b. Short scientific presentation (20%)
Students will be present data obtained during the course and their interpretation.

c. Short assignments (40%)
Students will be participating in assignments which include short questions, requiring demonstration of knowledge gained during the course.
 
Textbooks/References:
The following books are available for short-term loans from NTU library and our laboratory
a. Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers (Holt Paperbacks) by Robert Sapolsky. ISBN-13: 978-0805073690
b. Brain and Culture: Neurobiology, Ideology, and Social Change (MIT Press) by Bruce Wexler. ISBN: 978-0262731935.
 
Other References:
a. Lecture Notes
b. Published Literature