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Natural Science II

Brain and Behavior

Professor Wendy Suzuki

Professor Wendy Suzuki

  • Professor of Neural Science and Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Science, New York University
  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience from U.C. San Diego
  • Bio & Publications

About the Course

The relationship of the brain to behavior, beginning with the basic elements that make up the nervous system and how electrical and chemical signals in the brain work to effect behavior. Using this foundation, we examine how the brain learns and how it creates new behaviors, together with the brian mechanisms that are involved in sensory experience, movement, hunger and thirst, sexual behaviors, the experience of emotions, perception and cognition, memory and the brain's plasticity.  Other key topics include whether certain behavioral disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be accounted for by changes in the function of the brain, and how drugs can alter behavior and brain function.

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Course Readings

Required Readings

  • Biological Psychology, 6th Edition, Breeddlove, Rosenzweig and Watson, Sinauer, Assoc., 2010 (ISBN 087893347)

Recommend Readings

  • How the Brain Works, Mark Wm. Dubin, Blackwell Science, 2011

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