Neuroscience in Salamanca Academics

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.

Neuroscience in Salamanca Faculty and Teaching Assistants 2017

Neuroscience in Salamanca Faculty and Teaching Assistants 2017

PSYC 2201: Drugs and Behavior. Offered in 2024. (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, anti-anxiety 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 textbook will be Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior (Grilly and Salamone, 2011). The course syllabus generally follows the outline of the textbook.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100, BIO 1107, or the consent of the instructor.

Drugs and Behavior in Spain Course Syllabus

PNB 3251: Biology of the Brain. Offered in 2024. (Drs. Filopivic, Tanner, and Antic, 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 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, 6th Edition. Students will be assessed on their classroom participation and examinations.

Prerequisites: One 2000-level course in PNB or consent of instructor.

Syllabus for Biology of the Brain

PSYC 2200: Physiological Psychology. Offered TBA. (Dr. Chrobak, 3 Credits, Honors; 5 Student Minimum) This course is an introduction to the basics of neuroanatomy, genetics, neuropharmacology, basic and systems neurophysiology as well as emergent function (memory, attention, movement) and dysfunction. While the focus is on basic neurobiology, we will explore recent research on molecular genetics, neural microcircuits and the mechanism of drug action in relation to forebrain-based psychiatric/neurologic disorders (e.g., ADHD, schizophrenia, autism, basal ganglia disorders, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and drug-abuse disorders).

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100, BIO 1107, or the consent of the instructor.

Syllabus for Physiological Psychology

Spanish Foreign Study: 1193 (Beginner), 1193 (Intermediate), 3293 (Advanced), and 3293 (Medical & Scientific). (USAL Staff, 3 Credits) All students have instruction in the 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. Advanced Spanish is for more advanced non-native Spanish speakers. Medical & Scientific Spanish is a neuroscience special topics course offered for fluent, native and non-native Spanish speakers by Dr. Saldana in the Neuroscience faculty.

Syllabus for Spanish - Beginner

Syllabus for Spanish - Intermediate

Syllabus for Spanish - Advanced

Syllabus for Spanish - Medical and Scientific