Your Brain on College: Applying Neuroscience to College Life (FYS)|
This course introduces first-year students to reading, writing, and discussing research in neuroscience. We will cover topics related to how the brain perceives and changes in response to experiences that are common in college or university, including building friendships, learning new information, time management, and coping with stress. Students will be encouraged to apply research to their own experiences through several short writing reflections. Students will also develop an APA-style literature review over the course of the semester.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
All readings will be open-source materials available online and materials I put together for them. Some examples of readings are provided below.
Resources for reading and writing in APA style (ppts need updating to suit use in this class): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/181WzY87KAn33Pyjh7GfDZQd6tOBNeUu5?usp=sharing
Example of news article and empirical counterpart (for topic of making friends in college):
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Writing reflections: Students will read brief articles and/or watch brief video before class and write a brief reflection that prepares them to participate in active discussion during class.
Students will develop a literature review of a relevant topic using articles provided (or other approved articles). Students will submit outline, rough draft, revised draft for peer review, and final draft.
Class activities: Students will complete activities to integrate and apply evidence we read about/discuss for class. Activities will take place in class but can be completed on their own time if they cannot attend.
APA style literature review: Students will submit several drafts of a literature review covering a relevant topic of their choice. I will provide some potential studies for students to choose from that have been summarized for a non-specialist audience, but they will also be allowed to choose their own topics and articles with approval. Students will submit drafts of: Outline, first-draft, revised draft for peer-review, and final draft.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course counts as an elective towards the Psychology major.
|Instructor(s): Sullivan,Grace Anne Times: .M.W.F. 08:50AM-09:40AM; Location: FISK412; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|
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