2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Oct 03, 2023  
2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

PSY 210 - Brain and Behavior

Description: Investigation of the human brain and how it affects our behavior. Includes optical illusions, hallucinations, phantom limb, biological drives and the ability to remember and forget. Observable behavior in mental disorders such as schizophrenia and anxiety, the chemical processes in the brain, and the effects of illegal and prescription drugs on the human body and its various systems.

Prerequisites: PSY 101  

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. 6Nervous system
  2. Psychopharmacology at the synapse
  3. Cerebral cortex
  4. Research methods
  5. Brain development and damage
  6. Vision, audition, and mechanical senses
  7. Movements and disorders of movement
  8. Sleep and internal regulation
  9. Sexual behavior
  10. Emotions
  11. Fear and stress
  12. Learning and memory
  13. Language
  14. Attention
  15. Substance abuse
  16. Psychological disorders 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Explain the past and present methods of research surrounding physiological perspective of psychology. (4)
  2. Define the anatomy of the brain, nervous system, and their composing cells and apply them to behavioral characteristics such as psychological disorders & drugs. (1,2, 3,5)
  3. Evaluate historical and current theories on sensory perceptions, learning & memory, internal regulation, stress and dreams. (6, 8,10,12)
  4. Connect the structure and function of different brain regions along with hormones to explain the diversity of human behavior across age, gender & abnormal behavior. (5, 7, 9-11, 15,16)
  5. Explain the different routes of learning and memory. (12)
  6. Describe the processes of language and attention. (13,14)