This is a blog that I started in 2010 for a 300-level seminar course on Psychology & Neuroscience that I teach in the Psychology Department at Colby College. In this course we explore the interplay between the broad fields of psychology and neuroscience through a focus on specific, timely topics. The regular contributors to the blog are the fabulous, thoughtful, and terrifically engaged undergraduate students that enroll in this course each year.
We have covered a wide range of topics and that diversity is more than evident from the wide variety of subjects written about on this site.
Spring 2010- Mood Disorders and Stress (no particular text was used)
Fall 2010- Monkeyluv by Robert Sapolsky
Fall 2011- Synaptic Self by Joseph LeDoux
Spring 2013- Connectome by Sebastian Sueng and Neuroethics by Martha Farah
Spring 2014- Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan, The Eden Express by Mark Vonnnegut, and America Anonymous by Benoit Denizet-Lewis.
Spring 2015- Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep by Timothy Verstynen and BRadley Voytek and Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia by Richard Cytowic and David Eagleman
Spring 2016- The Encultured Brain by Daniel Lende and Greg Downey and The Aesthetic Brain by Anjan Chatterjee.
Spring 2017- Another semester, another adventure in Psychology & Neuroscience. This year we are reading the hot-off-the-presses foray into a simmering dissension of Freud’s dream theory by Santiago Ramon y Cajal: The Dreams of Santiago Ramon y Cajal by Benjamin Ehrlich. Following this we will focus on neurological case studies, beginning with the enduring contributions of the one and only Oliver Sacks and ending with a deep dive into the murky waters of H.M. Our Sacks selection is the oldie but goodie: The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat.