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Biological Aspects of Behavior

This library guide is designed to help students find research on the following topics: Structure, function, and disorders of the nervous system; physiological mechanisms and disorders in vegetative and intellectual functions; and psychophysiological metho

Course Readings Winter 2024

Required Text:

  • Carlson, N. R. & Birkett, M. A. (2021). Physiology of behavior. (13th ed.). Pearson Education, Inc.

Course Introduction - Network Medicine

Electrical and Chemical Communication of Neurons

  • Textbook Chapter 2- Structure and Functions of Cells of the Nervous System
  • Textbook Chapter 4 - Psychopharmacology

Peripheral Nervous System - Basic Introduction to Hormones

  • Textbook Chapter 3 - Structure of the Nervous System (Topics - Structure and Function of the Peripheral Nervous System to the end of the chapter)
  • Hodgetts, S., & Hausmann, M. (2020). Antipsychotic effects of sex hormones and atypical hemispheric asymmetries. Cortex: A Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior, 127, 313–332.  Request through Interlibrary Loan.

Structures of the Central Nervous System 

  • Textbook Chapter 3 - Structure of the Nervous System 
  • Becker, J. H., Lin, J. J., Doernberg, M., Stone, K., Navis, A., Festa, J. R., & Wisnivesky, J. P. (2021). Assessment of cognitive function in patients after COVID-19 infection. JAMA Network Open, 4(10), Article e2130645.
  • Feuillet, L., Dufour, H., & Pelletier, J. (2007). Brain of a white-collar worker. Lancet, 370(9583),262.


Human Communication - Hemispheric Specialization and Lateralization

Learning and Memory

Substance Use/addiction/reward
Substance Use Disorders

Somatosenses - Somatosensory pathways - Perception of Pain

  • Textbook Chapter 7 - Audition, the Body Senses, and the Chemical Senses (Topics - Somatosenses to Gustation)

Physiology of stress response - Stress disorders and anxiety disorders - Psychoneuroimmunology

Sleep physiology - Sleep disorders

Psychiatric Disorders (schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder) and their Common Pharmacological Treatments