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- The Dreams of Santiago Ramon y Cajal by Benjamin Ehrlich and The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
Spring 2018- I was on sabbatical! Woohoo! But the best book I read on sabbatical was The Ecology and Sociology of the Norway Rat by John Calhoun. I also discovered The Animal Mind by Margaret Floy Washburn.
Spring 2019- Behave: The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky.
Spring 2020- The scientific legacy of Dr. Bruce McEwen.
Spring 2022- This semester the Psych-Neuro blog will explore the behavioral and neural processes involved in emotions. First, we are reading the book “Projections” written by Dr. Karl Deisseroth to learn about an assortment of human emotions and their complexities. Afterwards, we will focus on understanding depression and the use of ketamine as a treatment option as we read the book “Ketamine” written by Dr. Bita Moghaddam. Please join us in our journey to better understand emotions!