DATES: WEEK 2s (6/26-6/30)
TIME: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. PT
RECOMMENDED GRADES: 7-12
TECHNICAL/MATERIALS REQUIREMENTS: Laptop
INSTRUCTORS: Cameron Aaron
LOCATION: On-campus (Seattle)
Introduction to Biopsychology is a specialized class designed to bridge the gap between biology and psychology, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the biological underpinnings of behavior and cognition.
In this course, students will explore the intricate relationship between the mind and body, delving into the ways our biology influences our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Major topics include the structure and function of neurons, the organization and operation of the nervous and endocrine systems, and the role of genetics and evolution in behavior. The course will also cover neuroanatomy, neurotransmission, brain development, sensory and motor systems, learning, memory, emotions, consciousness, and disorders that have a biological basis such as schizophrenia, depression, and ADHD.
Our discussions will be enriched with case studies, research findings, and experiments from both classic and contemporary literature in biopsychology. Students will also have opportunities to participate in hands-on laboratory exercises, such as dissecting a sheep brain, to get a tangible understanding of the concepts discussed in class.
By the end of this course, students will have a foundational understanding of the biological bases of human behavior, which is crucial for further studies in psychology, neuroscience, medicine, or related fields. This course will also cultivate critical thinking, research, and communication skills, as students will be encouraged to analyze scientific literature, design simple experiments, and present their findings to the class.