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Instructor Info:Jane Couperus
Office Extension x5389
TA Info:Garrette Furo
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
Description: This course explores the mechanisms of plasticity within the brain from conception through childhood and the factors that influence them. The goal of the course is to provide students with an understanding of how the brain can be shaped through biological development and experience and how these processes are reflected in behavior. For example, topics will include reorganization of the brain following injury, effects of environmental toxins on the brain, as well as how these changes in the brain affect behavior. In addition the course emphasizes learning to critically analyze and write about the diverse lines of research that are influencing ideas in the field. Course requirements include reading primary research articles, library research, and a final research project.