Spring 2023

Neuroscience: Systems and Behavior

Listed in: Neuroscience, as NEUR-213  |  Psychology, as PSYC-213


John-Paul Baird (Sections 01, 01F, 01L and 02L)


(Offered as PSYC 213 and NEUR 213) This course will examine how brain function regulates a broad range of mental processes and behaviors. We will discuss how neurons work and how the brain obtains information about the environment (sensory systems), regulates an organism’s response to the environment (motor systems), controls basic functions necessary for survival such as eating, drinking, sex, and sleep, and mediates higher cognitive function such as memory and language. We will also consider the consequences of brain malfunction as manifested in various forms of disease and mental illness. Laboratories will include basic neuroanatomy and behavioral experiments. Three class hours and three hours of laboratory per week.

Requisite: BIOL 191 or PSYC 100 or consent of the instructor. Cannot be taken if PSYC 212 has been taken because of substantial overlap between the two courses. Limited to 36 students. Spring semester. Professor Baird.

How to handle overenrollment: If Overenrolled: Priority to sophomore students and then to pre-registered Amherst students, based on a lottery.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Attention to research, Lab Science Course.

NEUR 213 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SCCE E212
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SCCE E212

NEUR 213 - DIS

Section 01F
F 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM SCCE D103

NEUR 213 - LAB

Section 01L
W 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SCCE A001

Section 02L
Th 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM SCCE A001


Other years: Offered in Spring 2019, Spring 2023, Spring 2024, Fall 2024