10 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: PSY101, PSY104, PSY108, PSY219

Aims/Description: The aim of the course is to explain current research, both experimental and theoretical, into the brain mechanisms that underlie basic forms of reward processing, associative learning and the formation of episodic memories. The lectures first cover the neural responses to pleasurable stimuli, including drugs of abuse. Next, the main characteristics of classical conditioning are outlined, followed by an account of cerebellar anatomy and physiology: a necessary basis for the evaluation of models of cerebellar function as applied to classical conditioning. Then, the anatomy and physiology of the hippocampus and its involvement in learning and memory will be described. Focus will be on episodic memory and how neural coding in the hippocampus might be used to store and recall memories.

Restrictions on availability: EMPTY

Staff Contact: RILEY TIMOTHY B
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

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