Mind, Brain & Behavior is a sophomore-level course on the study of mind and brain, drawing from the fields of cognitive psychology, physiological psychology, and sensation and perception. The course will focus on psychological, biological, and evolutionary explanations of perception, cognition, and behavior. Among the topics to be discussed are: behavioral genetics; brain evolution and development; sensory processes, including neural mechanisms; learning and memory processes, including neural mechanisms; applied cognitive psychology; motivated and goal-oriented behavior and the physiological changes within the brain that accompany psychological disorders. Please note that the course is four weeks in duration and will need you to be involved in coursework and assignments on a daily basis! We hope to have you immersed in Mind, Brain & Behavior during the four weeks and encourage you to make sure that you will have proper access to the internet and course materials for the duration of the 4 week course.
This course can be applied toward:
PSY 100 (General Psychology).
Textbooks and Materials
No textbooks are required for this course. Assigned articles will be available in Canvas.
Deana Davalos is a professor in the Cognitive Neuroscience Program in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in counseling psychology from Colorado State University.
Dr. Davalos completed her predoctoral internship at Yale University School of Medicine in neuropsychological assessment and outpatient services, and her postdoctoral fellowship through the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. Her research has focused on a wide range of psychopathology, including schizophrenia, mild traumatic brain injury and aging (both healthy and pathological) to better understanding the cognitive development of newborns to older adults.
Dr. Davalos is the director of the Aging Clinic of the Rockies and part of an interdisciplinary research program on campus focused on better understanding the aging process called the Enriched Environments for Healthy Aging Brains team.