In general our test questions focus on material covered in class. I do not mean that reading the book is not important - it is very important to hear/read
more than one explanation of biopsych material, and get additional examples and images to reinforce your learning. Working through the chapters, using the figures and study aids, should strengthen your learning of material presented in class. It may help to clear up points you were a bit confused about in class.
     The majority of our tests will be multiple choice with some short answers (definitions, compare/contrast questions, matching, list the parts of or characteristics of, give an example of, label some simple figures)

Here are some suggestions to guide your studying for our first exam:

You should know the basic information on the field of biopsychology presented in class, including the subareas and related careers
(discussed in class (  

You should be familiar with the research approaches described in 4.3 and in class and in the Methods related links in the syllabus.

Our little genetics quiz and genetics family assignment "tested" your understanding of Mendelian genetics, but the other topics in the genetics module (discussed in class and in Module 1.2 will be on the test. This includes:
structure of DNA our genetics videos
sex-linked genes
sex-limited genes
the genetics of and characteristics of the 2 disorders we covered (PKU and Huntington's disease and the extra pages assigned on this topic)
nature-nurture (heredity-environment) interaction
epigenetics and the epigenome
evolution as a change in the frequency of various gene alleles in a population over time - can you give an example?
fitness to the current environment and natural selection
artificial selection or selective breeding

The "neuroanatomy notes" assignment is essentially the studylist for 4.1 and 4.2:

Brain Game Notes - What Are the Parts of Your Nervous System, Where Are They, and What Do They Do? What happens if  a particular brain area is damaged? (full sentence definitions not needed - be concise; small diagrams may help you remember where things are)

central nervous system (CNS):

peripheral nervous system (PNS):

    somatic nervous system:

    autonomic nervous system (ANS):

        sympathetic division:

        parasympathetic division:

spinal cord

    dorsal roots and ganglia

    ventral roots

    spinal cord white matter vs gray matter





        reticular formation       



             superior colliculi

             inferior colliculi)

             substantia nigra

              periaqueductal gray



              sensory relay nuclei


            pituitary gland

    basal ganglia (caudate, putamen, globus pallidus)    

    limbic system


basal forebrain

    nucleus basalis
    nucleus accumbens

    cerebral hemispheres:

        corpus callosum:      

        cerebral cortex

            frontal lobe:

                primary motor cortex ( precentral gyrus) & its organization:

                Broca's area 

                prefrontal cortex

        parietal lobe:

            primary somatosensory cortex  (postcentral gyrus) & its organization:

        temporal lobe:

            primary auditory cortex (superior temporal gyrus):: 

            Wernicke's area

        occipital lobe:

            primary visual cortex:





Other terms:

dorsal vs ventral

medial vs lateral

gray matter vs white matter