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PSY 221 Animal Learning and Memory (3 credits)

Other than that which is genetically coded, everything we know is derived from and reflects memory for information that we have learned in the past. This course introduces the student to the scientific investigation of the basic processes of learning and memory. Topics of discussion will include the traditional theories, methodologies, and empirical findings of habituation and sensitization, classical conditioning, and instrumental conditioning. In addition, mechanisms of retention, sources of forgetting, and the biological basis of learning and memory processes will be considered. Note: This course may be taken as an elective, or combined with PSY 320L/321L to satisfy the natural science laboratory requirement of the Psychology major. PSY 320L/321L is a co-requisite for PSY 221 if both are offered during a given semester.