This course investigates human behavior through the lens of human brain anatomy and physiology. Students begin with an examination of the evolution of vertebrate brain structure and an understanding of animal behavior patterns. Then, as the course turns to humans, the role of genetics, brain anatomy and physiology is explored to shed light on topics such as learning, sensory perception, sleep and dreaming, circadian rhythms, emotional attachment, and stress. Students are taught how the brain develops from conception through adolescence and how these physical changes enable advances in physical ability, language acquisition, personality, and learning. The students are introduced to the effects of aging and drugs on the brain and the biological basis for common neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and addiction.
Requested competency code:
- Lab Science
In order to determine applicability, additional information regarding the nature of the specific labratory exercises and classroom time spent doing these labs each week is needed.