B09
Course Coordinator: 
Gail Tripp
Learning and Behavior
Description: 

This course aims to introduce the function of the brain at the macroscopic level, namely, the control of behaviors and the cognitive and adaptive mechanisms behind it. The topics include the following: Reflex, classical and operant conditioning. Perception, adaptation, and attention. Feedback and predictive control. Procedural and declarative memory. Motivation and emotion. Thinking and reasoning. Communication and language. Psychological disorders. Clinical and experimental neuropsychology.

Aim: 
This course aims to introduce the function of the brain at the macroscopic level, namely the control of behavior and the cognitive and adaptive mechanisms behind it.
Detailed Syllabus: 

Research methods (I)

  • Ethics
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Dependent and independent variables
  • Reliability and validity
  • Bias, blinding

Research methods (II)

  • Data collection methods
  • Observation
  • Surveys
  • Experimental and quasi experimental designs
  • Data analysis

Learning and behavior (I)

  • Classical, Pavlovian, respondent conditioning (elicited responses)
  • Operant, instrumental conditioning (instrumental responses)

Learning and behavior (II)

  • Reinforcement and punishment
  • Operant schedules

Learning and behavior (III)

  • Behavior modification
  • Applications

Motivation and reward

  • Drug addiction
  • ADHD

Memory and cognition (I)

Memory and cognition (II)

Perception and attention

Behavioral neuroscience (I)

Behavioral neuroscience (II)

Genes and behaviour

Animal models

Life span

Course Type: 
Elective
Credits: 
2
Assessment: 
Article reviews and critiques (5) each worth 5% (Total 25%), Student presentation (2) each worth 15% (Total 30%), Participation in class discussions 5%, Research grant proposal 40%
Text Book: 
To be announced
Reference Book: 
Attention and Associative Learning: From Brain to Behaviour, by Mitchell and Le Pelley (2010)
Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences 4 edn, by Bernston and Cacioppo (2009) Wiley
Physiology of Behavior 10 edn, by Carlson (2009) Allyn and Bacon