Physiological and Comparative Psychology

Fall 2020


Text: Kalat, J. W. (2019). Biological psychology,(13th.Ed). Boston: Cengage

Instructor: Edward Kardas
Office: Peace 109 or Nelson 200
Campus Telephone: 235-4231
E-mail: epkardas@saumag.edu
Web Page: http://peace.saumag.edu/faculty/kardas/

Updated: 2020-19-22

The course has two foci: physiological psychology and comparative psychology. These two areas are related but are also independent. You will have both to see relationships between the two areas and to discriminate between them. Throughout, the course treats physiological topics while always linking to the study of animal behavior (e.g., comparative psychology). Tests are primarily objective, and they count equally towards the final grade. Make up exams will be given for good cause and when notice is given beforehand. Class format is lecture with a few demonstrations, laboratories, and field exercises. Web-based aids will be available. Regular attendance is expected.

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Students With Disabilities

SAU's policy is to provide educational opportunity to students with disabilities to the full extent of federal, state, and SAU's own commitment to equality of education for all. Any disabled students requiring accomodations should inform their instructor at the beginning of the course. Such students should also contact the SAU Office of Disability Support Services/Office of Counseling and Testing, located in Nelson Hall 203, or they may call that office at x 4145.

Week of:
Chapter and Text:
Topic:

8/10

Kardas & Kalat Introduction

An Introduction to Biological and Comparative Psychology

8/17

Kardas & Kalat Introduction

Essential Animal Behavior: An Introduction

8/24

Kardas & Kalat Introduction

Test 1 is 2 September 2020

8/31 (Labor Day)

1

Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses

9/7

1


9/14

2

Synapses

Test 2

9/21

3

Anatomy and Research Methods

Test 3

9/28

4

Genetics, Evolution, Development, and Plasticity

Human Genome Project

Test 4

10/5

5


Vision

 

Test 5

10/12

6

Other Sensory Systems

 

Test 6

10/19 Drop Day is 10/21

Kardas

Animal Movements and Migration (Ready for use: 10/20/2020)

10/26
Kardas

Eating and Not Being Eaten/Domestication(Ready for use: 10/22/2020)

11/9
Kardas
Test 7
11/16
Final Exams
 

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