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What is Biopsychology

Biopsychology studies the development, structure, and functioning of the central and peripheral nervous system in the context of its relationship to principles and theories of human behavior.


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Psychology in the News

PsycPORT: Psychology in the News, sponsored by the American Psychological Association

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This research guide is designed to highlight major print and online resources available through Chadwick Library.  It also provides links to important web resources offering a wide array of freely available psychology information.


Assignment Overview

Paper Due Dates:

Topic                                          September 5

Annotated bibliography                 September 26

Outline                                       October 1

Rough draft to ARC                      October 8 

Rough draft to Dr. Walljasper        October 12  (Fall break begins this weekend)

Second draft to ARC                     November 7

Second draft to Dr. Walljasper       November 12

Final draft (if needed)                  December 5


 Last day to turn in extra credit: December 10





Extra Credit Opportunities: Students can earn 1-3 extra credit points. Extra credit points will be lead to ½ a percentage point added to your final grade. For example, one extra credit will result in increasing a 80 to a 80.5. Students may complete a maximum of 3 extra credit points for each type of assignment below, or a total of 6 points.

Interpreting biopsychology in books and movies - 1 extra credit per assignment, maximum 3 allowed. 

Describe a character in a book or movie and highlight aspects that relate to course material.

Submit a one page description of the biopsychological aspect or brain/mind aspect or psychological difficulties of a character from a television show, book, or movie.  Be sure to refer to theory or research from class material in your discussion of this case. You only will receive credit if your description clearly shows that you understand and incorporate course material in your paper.


 Biopsychology in the news - 1 extra credit per assignment, maximum 3 allowed

Comment on how a news story relates to issues discussed in class.

If you come across a story in the news, in a newspaper, or in a magazine that relates to issues discussed in class, submit a one page summary of the story and how it relates to course material. You will receive credit if your description indicates an understanding of course material.


Grading System

Grading System:                   

The following scale will be used to calculate final grades:

93% +    = A          73-76%  = C

90-92%  = A-        70-72%  = C-

87-89%  = B+        67-69%  = D+

83-86%  = B          63-66%  = D

80-82%  = B-        60-62%  = D-

77-79%  = C+       0 - 59%  = F



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