Psychology of Action|
Fall 2018 not offered
This course will introduce students to the study of the coordination and control of action. Topics will include control of movement, motor planning, and the linkage between perception, action, and cognition.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (NS&B)(PSYC)
Rosenbaum, D.A. HUMAN MOTOR CONTROL, 2nd edition. ISBN-13: 978-0123742261
Sample of additional articles (to be provided):
Chiel, H. J., & Beer, R. D. (1997). The brain has a body: adaptive behavior emerges from interactions of nervous system, body and environment. TRENDS IN NEUROSCIENCE, 20, 553-557.
Graziano, M. S., Taylor, C. S., Moore, T., & Cooke, D. F. (2002). The cortical control of movement revisited. NEURON, 36(3), 349-362.
Hore, J., Watts, S., & Vilis, T. (1992). Constraints on arm position when pointing in three dimensions: Donders' law and the Fick gimbal strategy. JOURNAL OF NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, 68, 374-383.
Kawato, M. (1999). Internal models for motor control and trajectory planning. CURRENT OPINIONS IN NEUROBIOLOGY, 9, 718-727.
Lashley, K. S. (1951). The problem of serial order in behavior. In L.A. Jeffress (Ed.), CEREBRAL MECHANISMS IN BEHAVIOR. New York: Wiley.
Marder, E., & Bucher, D. (2001). Central pattern generators and the control of rhythmic movements. CURRENT BIOLOGY, 11, R986-R996.
Slijper, H., Latash, M. L., Mordkoff, J. T. (2002). Anticipatory postural adjustments under simple and choice reaction time conditions. BRAIN RESEARCH, 924, 184-197.
Thelen, E., Schoner, G., Scheier, C., & Smith, L. B. (2001). The dynamics of embodiment: A field theory of infant perseverative reaching. BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, 24(1), 1-34.
|Examination and Assignments: |
There will be essay-format midterm and final. Each student will also present on one of the assigned readings for class and lead the class discussion on that reading. Participation in class discussion will also form part of the grade. There will be 1-3 assigned readings each week, in addition to readings from the textbook.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course will be listed as a POI this semester due to being added after pre-registration.
Individuals requesting a POI should indicate in an email to the professor their intended major, list previous courses related to this course, and state why they would like to take this course. Preference will be given to PSYC and NSB majors (and intended majors) who have completed PSYC 105, NS&B 213, or an AP score of 4 or 5.