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Psyc 303 - Biobehavioral Proseminar
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Mark E Bouton Fall 2011 Psychology 303 Biobehavioral Proseminar Part I Learning 8 30 11 30 Wednesdays Room 100 John Dewey Hall The first half of this semester long course will examine a number of core issues in Learning The second half will focus on related issues in behavioral neuroscience The course is a prerequisite for all biobehavioral seminars offered in the Psychology Department and is taken by first year General Experimental Psychology students first year Neuroscience students and second year Clinical Psychology students My goal in this part of the course is to expose you to some of the fundamental issues that define modern learning theory and to get you thinking about how they might relate to and be useful in your own area of psychology or neuroscience This is consistent with the department s explicit goals for proseminar which are to Promote understanding and knowledge related to the specific foundational area through readings class discussion and assignments Identify principles and analytic tools that may broaden students understanding of issues in their own discipline Improve the quality of students research by making them aware of relevant research and theory in areas outside their own discipline I hope these next weeks will be stimulating useful and fun The Learning part of the course will mainly follow a discussion format with occasional micro lectures by me when the spirit moves me It is essential that you do the required reading before the corresponding class meeting Each week s readings will be available as pdf files on Blackboard at https bb uvm edu webapps portal frameset jsp To help facilitate discussion I will distribute thought questions a week ahead of each class These are mainly intended to help you orient to and integrate the reading You will also be required to write a 2 page thought paper before each class In these papers I ask that you simply reflect on any aspect of the reading that interests you Your thought papers can address the thought questions but they do not have to They are mainly designed to help stimulate your discussion and thinking and it would be great if you used them to think through issues or questions that you would like to raise and discuss in class I will read and comment on each paper but will not grade them I will distribute a take home exam in the last class October 12 that will be due the next Tuesday October 18 The exam will encourage review of some key concepts and have you relate material we have covered to a topic that excites you in your own research area The readings for each class are given beginning on the next page They have been chosen for their coverage and for their ability to stimulate good discussion The a s and b s at left merely indicate natural groupings of readings when more than three readings are assigned 2 It might be best to read them in the order given 3 Class Meetings and Readings August 31 brief meeting Introduction and orientation September 7 Core concepts applications in everyday life and scientific explanations in psychology a Baldwin J D Baldwin J I 2001 Behavior principles in everyday life fourth edition Upper Saddle River NJ Prentice Hall Chapters 1 3 pp 1 78 b Epstein R Lanza R P Skinner B F 1980 Symbolic communication between two pigeons Science 207 543 545 Epstein R Lanza R P Skinner B F 1981 Self awareness in the pigeon Science 212 695 696 Epstein R Krishnit C Lanza R P Rubin L 1984 Insight in the pigeon Antecedents and determinants of an intelligent performance Nature 308 61 62 Wasserman E A Blumberg M S 2010 Designing minds American Scientist 98 183 185 September 14 What Pavlovian learning is really all about a Rescorla R A 1988 Pavlovian conditioning It s not what you think it is American Psychologist 43 151 160 Bouton M E 2009 Learning theory In B J Sadock V A Sadock P Ruiz Eds Kaplan Sadock s Comprehensive textbook of psychiatry 9th ed Vol 1 pp 647 658 New York Lippincott Williams Wilkins Read pp 647 653 b Bouton M E 2002 Context ambiguity and unlearning Sources of relapse after behavioral extinction Biological Psychiatry 52 976 986 Hollis K L 1997 Contemporary research on Pavlovian conditioning A new functional analysis American Psychologist 52 956 965 September 21 Role of conditioning in drug tolerance and drug dependence a Siegel S 1989 Pharmacological conditioning and drug effects In A J Goudie M Emmett Oglesby Eds Psychoactive drugs pp 115 180 Humana Press Inc b Siegel S 2008 Learning and the wisdom of the body Learning Behavior 36 242252 4 Siegel S 2011 The Four Loko effect Perspectives in Psychological Science 6 357362 September 28 Perspectives on the effects of reinforcers I a Bouton 2009 above Pp 653 655 McDowell J J 1988 Matching theory in natural human environments The Behavior Analyst 11 95 109 b Epstein L H Salvy S J Carr K A Dearing K K Bickel W K 2010 Food reinforcement delay discounting and obesity Physiology Behavior 100 438445 c Eisenberger R Cameron J 1996 Detrimental effects of reward Reality or myth American Psychologist 51 1153 1166 October 5 Perspectives on the effects of reinforcers II a Bouton 2009 above Pp 655 658 Dickinson A Balleine B W 2010 Hedonics The cognitive motivational interface In M L Kringelbach K C Berridge Eds Pleasures of the brain pp 74 84 Oxford Oxford University Press b Berridge K C Robinson T E Aldridge J W 2009 Dissecting components of reward Liking wanting and learning Current Opinion in Pharmacology 9 6573 Bargh J A 2005 Bypassing the will Towards demystifying the nonconscious control of social behavior In R R Hassin J S Uleman J A Bargh Eds The new unconscious pp 37 58 New York Oxford University Press October 12 Memory a Neisser U Harsch N 1992 Phantom flashbulbs Memories of ordinary news about Challenger In E Winograd U Neisser Eds Affect and accuracy in recall Studies of flashbulb memories pp 9 31 Cambridge UK Cambridge University Press Fivush R Nelson K 2004 Culture and language in the emergence of autobiographical memory Psychological Science 15 573 577 5 b Loftus E F Davis D 2006 Recovered memories Annual Review of Clinical Psychology 2 469 498 Nader K Hardt O 2009 A single standard for memory The case for reconsolidation Nature Reviews Neuroscience 10 224 234


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