Brain and Behavior

Brain and Behavior (NYU Open Education). Instructor: Professor Wendy Suzuki. The relationship of the brain to behavior, beginning with the basic elements that make up the nervous system and how electrical and chemical signals in the brain work to effect behavior. Using this foundation, we examine how the brain learns and how it creates new behaviors, together with the brain mechanisms that are involved in sensory experience, movement, hunger and thirst, sexual behaviors, the experience of emotions, perception and cognition, memory and the brain's plasticity. Other key topics include whether certain behavioral disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be accounted for by changes in the function of the brain, and how drugs can alter behavior and brain function.


Lecture 01 - Introduction to Brain and Behavior
Lecture 02 - Organization of the Brain and Nervous System
Lecture 03 - Neurons and Glia
Lecture 04 - Neural Communication: Electrical Properties
Lecture 05 - Neural Communication: Chemical Properties and Transmission
Lecture 06 - Neuronal Communication: Drugs and the Brain
Lecture 07 - Hormones and the Brain
Lecture 08 - Evolution and Use of Animal Models and In-Class Exam Review
Lecture 09 - General Principles of Sensory Systems: Touch
Lecture 10 - Vision and Visual Perception I
Lecture 11 - Vision and Visual Perception II
Lecture 12 - Audition: The Wonderful World of Sound, Part I
Lecture 13 - Audition: The Wonderful World of Sound, Part II
Lecture 14 - Motor System
Lecture 15 - Diseases of the Motor and Supplementary Motor Systems
Lecture 16 - In-Class Review for Exam: Sensory Systems
Lecture 17 - Learning and Memory: Basic Distinctions I
Lecture 18 - Learning and Memory: Basic Distinctions II
Lecture 19 - The Neurobiology of Emotion and Stress
Lecture 20 - Fear and Anxiety Disorders
Lecture 21 - Learning and Memory: Neural Mechanisms
Lecture 22 - Modulating Memory: Exercise and Sleep
Lecture 23 - Executive Functions of the Frontal Lobe
Lecture 24 - Language of the Brain
Lecture 25 - Neurobiology of Love