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PSY 3227: Physiological Psychology Laboratory

Course Pre- or Co- Requisite: Psych 3217

 Required Readings: - Psychology Videolab Series: Student Manual for Lab 3 
By Richard A. Deyo

Course Description:

   This course is designed to give the student "hands-on" laboratory experience with the methods and techniques used by physiological psychologists in their research. Physiological psychologists typically manipulate the nervous system and then look for changes in behavior or neural functioning. Many techniques are used to manipulate the nervous system including lesioning the brain and drug administration. To facilitate  the student's understanding of the methods of physiological psychology three main objectives are emphasized:

 1. the use of animals as research subjects (animal care & welfare, laboratory techniques, and instrumentation);

 2. a special focus on neuroanatomy and behavioral pharmacology;

 3. developing proficiency in scientific report writing of laboratory experiments.

   All procedures and experiments conducted in this course were reviewed and approved by Seton Hall's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

 Quizzes (20%):

    Two quizzes will be given. The first quiz is to assess your mastery of basic animal care, methodology, and instrumentation.  The second quiz is given to assess your knowledge of basic neuroanatomy.

 Neuronal Simulation Assignment (10%): In addition to the experiments that you will be conducting in the class you will also examine a computer program that simulates the electrical properties of neurons.

 Laboratory Reports (70%) :

    The course consists of laboratory demonstrations and three experiments. Each experiment requires submission of an APA-style laboratory report.

  •  Report 1: Drug-induced changes in locomotor behavior of the rat

  • Report 2: Effects of Perinatal Hippocampal Lesions on Learning and Memory

  • Report 3: Final Project To Be Announced

Policy on make-up quizzes:

   Make-up exams are given only for the unforeseen event of illness or emergency. Please notify me before missing an exam, if possible, so that arrangements can be made.


  •       Neuron Simulation Assignment    10%

  •       Quiz 1 - 10%

  •       Quiz 2 - 10%

  •       Lab Report 1 - 20%

  •     Lab Report 2 -  25%

  •       Lab Report 3 - 25%      

Total = 100%


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 September 10, 2001


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