PHS BIO320 - Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
Psychobiology is a course that explores biological processes as a way to explain a wide variety of human behavior. There are approximately 100 billion neurons in the human brain, each with an average of 7,000 synaptic connections with other neurons. The staggering number of possible brain states this allows can easily account for the seemingly infinite number of different thoughts, feelings, and emotions that human beings experience; each different experience being the result of a slightly different combination of neuronal activity. Among other topics, this course will cover perception: how do we distinguish between different colors, textures, and sounds; memories: how are memories formed and later recalled; language: how do we understand and produce speech; emotions, dreaming, and drugs.