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  • PSYCHOLOGY 252    Section:

    TOPICS IN PSYCHOBIOLOGY

    Fall Quarter 2005

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Graduate standing in psychology or consent of instructor.
    Complex-Dynamic Systems and Psychobiology

    Psychobiology is the study of behavior, cognition, and emotion in relation to biological processes. These biological processes occur at different levels of organization and time scales (e.g., gene expression, development, and evolution). Psychobiology as a discipline spans several subdisciplines including: physiological psychology, psychopharmacology, neuropsychology, comparative psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Each subdiscipline focus on different questions and uses different methods to answer these questions, but they all deal with the same thing: highly complex and dynamic, multilevel organisms.

    Over the last decade, there has been growing interest in developing and applying ideas and methods of complex-dynamic systems to wide variety of systems. Animals are paradigms of complex-dynamic systems, but there has been very little application of these ideas and concepts to psychobiology or the study behavior more generally. Thus, we will explore ideas and methods of complex-dynamic systems and see whether we can apply them to psychobiology.

    Topics and subtopics that we may cover (depending on the interests members of the course) include but are not limited to (please suggest more topics or subtopics):

    Evolution Development Social Behavior Animal Communication Neural Control, Organization, and Ontogeny Learning Robotics biorobotics ethorobotics Measuring Behavior techniques metrics Behavioral Informatics

    Requirements: There are several ways to fulfill the requirements of this course. For example, organize and lead the discussion of a topic; develop a project to be discussed and presented during the course; apply ideas and/or methods of complex dynamics systems to your research and present them to the class; write a paper on a topic with the aim of publication; or discuss with me an idea you may have.

    Meeting Time: Fridays from 2:10 to 5:00PM in Rm 157, Young Hall, starting October 7.

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    157 Young F   2:10 PM - 5:00 PM
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Jeffrey Schank , Ph.D. 268D Young Hall