PSY 252 - Mind, Brain, and Behavior

  • 3 credits

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.

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.

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

(970) 491-5548 |

Deana Davalos is an associate professor in the Cognitive Neuroscience Program 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, personality disorders, and mild traumatic brain injury to better understanding the cognitive development of newborns to older adults.

Dr. Davalos is the director of the Aging Clinic of the Rockies and continues to maintain research ties to the University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.