PSYC 741W (01) - Special Topics

Special Topics

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Psychology
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2023 - Full Term (08/28/2023 - 12/11/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 13934
New or specialized courses are presented under this listing. Advanced material not normally covered in a regular course in which instructor has specialized knowledge through research and study. May be repeated for different topics.
Section Comments: Full title: SpTop/Neurobiology of Spatial Cognition & Memory
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Prerequisite(s): (PSYC 402 and PSYC 502) or (NSB 500 and NSB 501 and NSB 502 and NSB 503)
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to unlimited times.
Equivalent(s): PSYC 741, PSYC 741A, PSYC 741B, PSYC 741C, PSYC 741D
Only listed majors in section: NEUROSCI LA, NEUROSCI LSA, PSYCHOLOGY
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Brett Gibson

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/28/2023 12/11/2023 MW 2:10pm - 3:30pm MCC 245
Additional Course Details: 

Topic: How We Think Memory Works in the Brain

You have probably heard of the famous clinical case of H. M. and his loss of memory. Have you wondered why he was unable to remember some things?  In this class we will discuss the areas of the brain in mammals that contribute towards spatial cognition and memory. In particular, the hippocampal formation is part of a pathway that is highly involved in these processes. We will examine how cellular and synaptic changes in the hippocampal complex are involved in the formation and retrieval of new memories and how this area communicates with other parts of the cortex. We will examine how brain rhythms like theta contribute to this process.  We will also examine interesting cells that appear to allow us to generate a cognitive map of our environment. Much of our time will be spent discussing articles that focus on non-human animals, but we will also be discussing clinical research with people.  We will also consider the role of the hippocampal formation more broadly in conditioning/learning, timing, planning, and episodic memory.