Smell and Taste

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Course Number: 
BIBB 420 900
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Prerequisites: 
Introductory Psychology and Biology, BBB 109. PSYC 111 (Perception) preferred.
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. Some seats in this course have been reserved for LPS Pre-Health Program students and the remainder have been reserved for SAS College students.  If you would like to join the wait list for this course please email lps@sas.upenn.edu.  Course must be taken for a grade. 

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