Motivation, Action, Choice: Neural and Behavioral Mechanisms

PSY 478S

Behavioral analysis and neural mechanisms underlying goal-directed and voluntary actions – how they are driven by needs and desires of the organism and controlled by cognitive processes that provide a rich representation of self and world. Discussion of models of behavioral and cognitive control and their neural mechanisms and implications of such models for psychiatric disorders, consciousness, free will, and responsibility. Participation in class discussion and short weekly writing assignments required. Prerequisites: Exploring the Mind courses or PSY 106/NEURSCI 101 and at least one other psychology or neuroscience class. One course.

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