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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
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PSYC 2002 - Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll

Credits: 1
Hours/Week: Lecture 1Lab None
Course Description: What is the biopsychology of desire? How does the brain regulate and influence experiences of motivation, emotion, reward, and pleasure? This course presents an introduction to the brain’s role in mental and behavioral processes that involve motivation, sex, drug addiction, music, and emotions. The focus is on how the brain and nervous system contribute to and influence psychological functioning, both normal and pathological, in ways that are related to cravings and desires, such as sex, motivation, music, and emotion.
MnTC Goals
5 History/Social/Behavioral Science

Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000  or completion of RDNG 0900  or RDNG 0950  with grade of C or higher. Restriction:
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: PSYC 1020  

Major Content
  1. Basic brain anatomy and physiology
  2. Body motivations such as hunger and thirst
  3. Drug addiction and chemical dependency: How psychoactive substances affect the brain
  4. The biopsychology of emotion
  5. The biopsychology of sex
  6. The brain’s response to music

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe the basic foundations of brain anatomy and physiology.
  2. identify the fundamental biological factors involved in homeostatic motivational systems such as thirst and hunger.
  3. describe the basic bio-psychological principles of sexual differentiation, behavior, and response.
  4. identify the fundamental areas of the brain that are sexually differentiated.
  5. list several psychoactive drugs and describe their affects on brain functioning and physiology.
  6. identify significant brain responses to the basic characteristics of music.
  7. describe the brain pathways and anatomical areas related to emotions.

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