This program is open to both graduate, postgraduate, and undergraduate students from any university or college. Since this is a summer program, admission to the program is handled by the Study Abroad Office at UConn. Students enroll in one Neuroscience course and one Spanish class to earn 6 credits. All students receive credits and a transcript from the University of Connecticut. You should get credit at your home university for these courses, and we can send information to your advisor to facilitate your getting credit. The program is limited to a total of 50 students.
MEDS 5377: The Neurobiology of Hearing. Offered each year. (Dr. Oliver and Invited Faculty, 3 Credits, Honors; 20 Students Maximum) A graduate school course on the basis of sound processing. Become familiar with current research topics in Auditory Neuroscience, including synaptic physiology, neural circuitry, acoustics, physiology, and behavior. This course is taught by UConn, Johns Hopkins, UK and Spanish faculty and will expose you to research in an international context. This course is for upper-level undergraduate neurobiology majors, pre-med students, psychology majors, communication science majors and graduate students. Undergraduate students should have completed an introductory neuroscience course (e.g., Biology of the Brain) or courses in physiological psychology, sensation and perception, or communication science. Some combination of these prerequisites is preferred. Permission of the instructor is required for registration. Undergraduate students (Honors and non-Honors students) with a grade of B- or above receive Honors credit for MEDS5377. Students from Johns Hopkins and Purdue will receive credit from their home university for this course.
PSYC 2201: Drugs and Behavior. Offered in 2017. (Dr. Salamone, 3 Credits, Honors; 5 Student Minimum) This course is an overview of drug effects on chemical transmission in the nervous system, with an emphasis on the behavioral/psychological effects of drugs. The first half of the course provides an introduction to basic principles of psychopharmacology, with emphasis on the neurochemistry of drug action, chemical signaling in the nervous system, and the anatomy of several neurotransmitter systems, as well as the behavioral assessment of drug effects. The second half of the class builds upon the first, with a survey of drugs belonging to various classes (e.g., stimulants, antipsychotics, antidepressants, antianxiety agents), and a focus on drugs of abuse. In addition, the course matter extends beyond the discussion of drugs themselves, and considers the question of what our knowledge of drug action tells us about the brain, normal and pathological psychological processes, and the tendency to consume drugs. The text book will be Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior (Grilly and Salamone, 2011). The course generally follows the outline of the textbook.
Prerequisites: Psyc 1100, Bio 1107, or consent of instructor.
PSYC 2200: Physiological Psychology. Offered in 2017. (Dr. Chrobak, 3 Credits, Honors) Introduction to how distinct levels of neurobiology (from genes, molecules, proteins to neural circuits and neural systems) influence behavior and cognition. Emphasis is on forebrain systems that support movement, attention, decision-making, and memory as well as the neural changes associated with psychological (ADHD), psychiatric (depression, schizophrenia) and neurological dysfunction (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease).
Format: PowerPoint lecture; films; optional student presentations
Requirements: 5 short, multiple-choice exams plus final exam
Text/Materials: 1 text; supplemental online readings
PNB 3251: Biology of the Brain. Offered in 2018. (Dr. Filipovic, 3 Credits, Honors) Brain functions, from molecular to cellular and overall central nervous system organization. Topics of current interest. This course is for upper-level undergraduate physiology & neurobiology majors and is suitable for majors in the neurosciences, biological sciences, and psychology. Biology of the Brain presents provides students with a detailed foundation of cellular neuroscience that includes the ionic basis of resting and action potentials, synaptic transmission, sensory and motor systems neuroscience and plasticity. The required text for the course is Purves, et al, Neuroscience, 5th Edition. Students will be assessed on their classroom participation and examinations.
Prerequisites: One 2000-level course in PNB or consent of instructor.
SPANISH: Beginner, Intermediate, Medical, and Advanced Scientific Spanish. (USAL Staff, 3 Credits) All student have instruction in Spanish language and elements of Spanish culture at a level matched to their level. Beginner and intermediate Spanish are for students with no previous Spanish or high school Spanish, respectively. Medical Spanish is for non-native Spanish speakers. Advanced scientific Spanish is a neuroscience special topics course offered for native Spanish speakers by Dr. Saldana in the Neuroscience faculty.
Neuroscience Methods in Prague, Czech Republic: This is a short course on neuroscience methods at the Institute of Experimental Medicine at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The course will use research in the auditory system to illustrate these general neuroscience methods. Laboratory visits and demos will introduce evoked potential recordings, extracellular recording in vivo, patch clamp recording in brain slices, neuroanatomy methods, two photon calcium imaging in cortex in vivo, prepulse inhibition behavior, acoustic startle, operant conditioning, anesthesia and surgery, acoustic measurements and signals, and audiological examination methods in humans. All students in the Neurobiology of Hearing class are expected to attend. Other students are encouraged to attend if interested in laboratory research. This is a 5 day, 4 night trip to Prague where the students will have two days of instructions and ample time to tour the city. Housing in Prague will be arranged only for students participating in the course.
Enrollment in the Neuroscience Methods course is limited to 30 students in 2017.