Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 3 sessions / week, 1 hour / session


Neuroscience and Behavior concerns the relation of structure and function at various levels of neuronal integration. Topics include functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, sensory and motor systems, centrally programmed behavior, sensory systems, sleep and dreaming, motivation and reward, emotional displays of various types, "higher functions" and the neocortex, and neural processes in learning and memory.

Text and Readings

In addition to the following texts, reading assignments will include primary research articles.

Main Course Textbook

Buy at Amazon Rosenzweig, Mark R., Arnold L. Leiman, and S. Marc Breedlove. Biological Psychology. 3rd ed. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, Inc., 2002. ISBN: 0878937099.

Selected Readings

Buy at Amazon Gazzaniga, Michael S., Richard B. Ivry, and George R. Mangun. Cognitive Neuroscience. The Biology of the Mind. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 1998. ISBN: 0393972194.

Supplementary Textbooks

Buy at Amazon Nauta, Walle J. H., and Michael Feirtag. Fundamental Neuroanatomy. Anatomical drawings by Carol Donner. New York, NY: W.H. Freeman, 1986. ISBN: 0716717220. (Currently out of print)

Buy at Amazon Wolpert, Lewis. The Triumph of the Embryo. With illustrations drawn by Debra Skinner. Oxford (England); New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1991. ISBN: 0198542437.

Study Questions

For each class, we will give you study questions for you to work on for the next class lecture and readings assignments. Try to answer study questions regularly.


Expect a quiz every week, focusing on both the lectures and readings. The quizzes are often unannounced. There is a final exam for this course.

Writing Requirements

There will be at least four writing assignments, consisting of homework problems and literature analysis and review.

Do not copy sentences from your sources and paste them into your writings. Such plagiarism will often be detected. It is not worth the chance of being caught, which is significantly above zero, and the consequences are very unpleasant. Have confidence in your ability to use your own words and cite the source of specific information. If you are having problems, please see the instructor or a TA.


Quizzes 20%
Midterm 20%
Writing Assignments 30%
Final Exam 30%