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

MEDS 5377: The Neurobiology of Hearing. Offered each year. (Dr. Oliver and Invited Faculty, 3 Credits, Honors; 15 Students Maximum) This is a course about how the ear and brain work in our complex auditory environment to allow us to identify different sounds, understand speech, and find the source of the sounds in space. Students will learn about  research in Auditory Neuroscience from every point of view. This course is taught by outstanding researchers from around the globe and includes faculty from UConn, Johns Hopkins, U Michigan, and the Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Salamanca.  You will be exposed to research in an international context. A unique aspect of this course is that the students will write research proposals and critique proposals by other students instead of taking exams. This course is for upper-level undergraduates, especially pre-med students, psychology majors, and communication science majors, as well as graduate students. Undergraduate students (Honors and non-honors students) with a grade of B- or above receive Honors credit for MEDS 5377. Students from Johns Hopkins, Michigan, and Purdue will receive credit from their home universities for this course. This is an excellent opportunity for pre-med and pre-PhD students to demonstrate that they can do gradulate school level academics.

Prerequisite: An introductory neuroscience course or courses in physiological psychology, sensation and perception, or communication science

More Details on the Neurobiology of Hearing Course

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

Neuroscience Methods Course in Prague. Offered in 2024. This is an optional, 5-day, 4-night trip for a short course on neuroscience methods is at the Institute of Experimental Medicine at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Students will have two days of instruction and ample time to tour the city. Students pay for their own travel, food, and housing. Laboratory visits and demos will introduce general neuroscience methods such as electrophysiological and neuroanatomy methods, two photon imaging of neural activity in vivo, and behavioral methods. A few methods are especially those relevant to auditory neuroscience and include acoustic measurements and signals, audiological examination and testing methods in both animals and humans. The trip is highly recommended for students in the Neurobiology of Hearing class. Enrollment is limited to 25 students.

Syllabus for Neuroscience Methods in Prague