Summer Courses 2012





Smell and Taste

Term: 
Summer 2014
Online: 
No
Course Number: 
BIBB 420 900
Schedule: 
Wednesday 5:00pm-8:50pm
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Instructor: 

LEWANDOWSKI, BRIAN C.

Prerequisite(s): 
Introductory Psychology and Biology, BBB 109. PSYC 111 (Perception) preferred.
Primary Program: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Course Description: 

All organisms respond to chemicals in their environment. This chemosensation guides diverse behaviors such as a feeding, avoiding predators, sex, and social interactions. This course will provide a broad survey of our current understanding of taste and smell, focusing on insect and rodent model systems as well as studies in humans. The course will begin with a review of chemical signal transduction mechanisms, and build to an exploration of the cortical integration of chemical signals and chemical guided behaviors. Class time will emphasize primary literature, discussion, and student presentations. The goal is to reach an integrated understanding of the physiology and psychology of chemical sensory systems. In the process, students will learn to read and critically evaluate data from primary research articles.

Syllabus: 

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