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[PSYC W3440] Issues in Brain and Behavior

August 23, 2005

Hood, Donald Silver_nugget
[PSYC W3440] Issues in Brain and Behavior

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Wow! This class was the very best I have take in my four years at CU and thanks in most part to Professors Hood and Hirsch!!! They are phenominal. The course was a real challenge but it was worth every minute. The course content was all over excelent--how can you complain about a course that has 6 interested students (half of them post docs), 2 award winning professors, and a multi-million dollar lab which we used regularly. I loved how the material was eally examined in depth. We read many scientific papers, and I mean really read-beyond just skimming the abstract! We learned how to replicate and crtique other people's work. We were required to produce real work at the end of the semester and even though I have to say I was unprepared and quite challenged- it was the greatest learning experimenet. Dr. Hood and Hirsch both were extremely thorough, clear, patient and also fun! I can't say enough about how much I recommend this class to anybody serious about neuroscience, or anybody who feels up to the challenge of thinking like a real scientist.

Workload:

Weekly reading in textbook and a few scientific papers. Even though this took time- the work was chosen well so it was always interesting and relevant. Weekly question set based on assigned reading. (The usual.)
Final Project- design experiment (possibly do it on classmates) and write a complete scientific paper. Also give powerpoint presentation to class about your project.
This class is serious and challenging but you will be rewarded for effort and participation.
A+++ Highly recommended.

November 06, 2004

Hirsch, Joy
[PSYC W3440] Issues in Brain and Behavior

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Amazing ! Dr. Hirsch is an incredibly inspiring individual and an organized, effective teacher. However, don't let the course title fool you. It focuses on a particualr topic and explores it via reading journal articles and re-creating the experiments in Hirsch's fMRI lab at Health Sciences. This course is co-taught by Dr. Hood who has a penchant for visual systems. My semester focused solely on vision; the topic itself got a little redundant, but the fMRI methodology is invaluable. if your not at all interested in vision, don't take it, because that's all the papers focus on. But you'll learn so much more from these two amazing teachers. Every week you read a few jounral articles and have to know what's going on in them, because in class you'll be expected to answer questions, explain figures, and critique methodology. it's challenging, but when the semester's done you'll be able to read and deconstruct journal articles like a pro, a must for neuroscience majors and pre-meds. I can't stress enough how helpful and kind Dr. Hirsch was with course quesitons and general advice about research, career, etc.

Workload:

Weekly readings are time consuming and suck up a lot of your printer quota, but usually interesting. The final paper is huge but doable, and if you put the time in you'll be rewarded with a fair grade.

September 05, 2004

Hood, Donald Silver_nugget
[PSYC W3440] Issues in Brain and Behavior

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Class was co-taught with Don Hood. First semester offered, a lot of it seemed by the seat of their pants. The educated, talented pants worn by these two respectable professors. Dr. Hirsch is fabulously positive, always smiling, I can't think of a critical thing she's ever said about anyone. Class participation is strongly encouraged, one never feels intimidated. The subject matter is unbelievably fascinating- one of the times where you feel privileged to go to a school like Columbia where undergrads have access to million dollar fMRI scanners.

Workload:

weekly readings and postings (not hard, just have to submit something), 15-20 page research proposal. Professors Hood and Hirsch help you every step of the way. The material is interesting enough it doesn't seem tedious.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W3440: Issues in Brain and Behavior Donald Hood 2011 Spring M / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W3440: Issues in Brain and Behavior Donald Hood, Joy Hirsch 2010 Spring R / 4:10- 7:00 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W3440: Issues in Brain and Behavior Donald Hood, Joy Hirsch 2007 Fall R / 4:10- 7:00 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W3440: Issues in Brain and Behavior Donald Hood, Joy Hirsch 2003 Fall R / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W3440: Issues in Brain and Behavior Donald Hood 2001 Fall R / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1