Motivation and Reward|
|Course Cluster: Health Studies|
This course will focus on motivation and reward, providing students with a background in and understanding of the various theories and approaches to studying the topic of motivation, including an introduction to some of the history and the current advances in the field. The course uses animal and human research to try to unravel the brain areas and neurotransmitter systems involved in different forms of reward, including food, sex, and drugs, and examine cases of disordered motivation such as drug addiction, obesity, and disordered gambling.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: PSYC105 OR [NS&B213 or BIOL213 or PSYC240]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIS)(EDST-MN)(NS&B)(PSYC)(SISP)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Selected Chapters from PHYSIOLOGY OF BEHAVIOR 11th Ed. by N.R. Carlson (2012)
There will be readings assigned from the current literature, including:
- Berridge, K. C. (2004). Motivation concepts in behavioral neuroscience. Physiol Behav, 81(2), 179-209 (read pp. 179-194)
- Berridge, K. C. (2007). The debate over dopamine's role in reward: the case for incentive salience. Psychopharmacology 191, 391-431, 2007.
- Schultz, W. (2006). Behavioral Theories and the Neurophysiology of Reward. Annu Rev Psychol.
- Wise, R. A. (2006). Role of brain dopamine in food reward and reinforcement. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 361(1471), 1149-1158.
- Marx J. Cellular Warriors at the Battle of the Bulge. Science, 2003 Feb. 7; 299: 846-849.
- Aberman JE, Salamone JD. Nucleus accumbens dopamine depletions make rats more sensitive to high ratio requirements but do not impair primary food reinforcement. Neuroscience, 1999; 92: 545-552.
- DiLeone, R. J., Taylor, J. R. & Picciotto, M. R. The drive to eat: comparisons and distinctions between mechanisms of food reward and drug addiction. Nat. Neurosci. 15, 1330-1335 (2012).
- Young LJ, Wang Z. The neurobiology of pair bonding. Nature Neuroscience 2004;7(10):1048-1054
- Berridge KC, Robinson TE. Parsing reward, Trends in Neuroscience, 2003; 26(9): 507-513
- Deroche-Gamonet V, Belin D, Piazza PV. Evidence for addiction-like behavior in the rat. Science 2004;305:1014-1017
- Hutcheson DM, Everitt BJ, Robbins TW, Dickinson A. The role of withdrawal in heroin addiction: enhances reward or promotes avoidance? Nature Neuroscience 2001;4:943-947
- Koob, GF, Le Moal, M. Review. Neurobiological mechanisms for opponent motivational processes in addiction. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 2008;363:3113-3123.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two midterm exams, each with multiple choice and short answer components, an Article Review/Press Release written assignment, online quizzes and weekly minute papers
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
NS&B -- Psychology course elective
Psychology -- breadth elective Column 1
|Instructor(s): Robinson,Mike Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 35||SR major: 11||JR major: 11|| || |
|Seats Available: 35||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 3||FR: X|