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  • PSYCHOLOGY 129    Section:

    SENSORY PROCESSES

    Fall Quarter 2008

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Psychology 1, 41 101.

    If eyes are the windows of the soul, then our ears must be the gates of language. This class explores how behavior of humans and other animals is influenced by the way that our senses interpret the world. The 5 classical senses are covered, as well as specialized senses possessed by some species (e.g., magnetic and pheromone detection senses). The course examines specializations of the receptors and sensory nervous system as a means of understanding how these systems contribute to species-specific behaviors and pathologies.

    This is a psychobiology course, in which the biological basis of sensory behavior is emphasized. Because there is quite a bit of required reading, I strongly suggest that you don't wait until after the first midterm to begin choosing your topic for the term paper. A lot of material is presented in lecture that is not in the textbook, because I want it to be as up-to-date as possible, so I recommend that you use a tape recorder in class.

    Grading: The midterm will be a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions: the former will require you to bring a scantron and #2 lead pencil, the latter will be answered in the blanks within the text. The term paper, the topic to mutually determined by the instructor and student, can be considered as an essay exam, and will be returned to you after the final exam. The final exam will be non-cumulative and consist entirely of multiple choice questions, for which a scantron will be required. This should enable us to have your grades tabulated within 24 hours of the final.

    The midterm and a non-cumulative final, each count as 1/3 of the final grade; The remaining 1/3 of the grade comes from a term paper.

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    Classroom Class Schedule Course Website
    2016 Haring T R   10:30 AM - 11:50 AM
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Kenneth Henry 134 Young Hall T 1-4