This course examines the biological influences on how we think, feel, and act. Students will examine the nervous system, considering both the anatomical and physiological structures, as well as the role these play in behavior. In addition, specific cognitive functions, motivations, emotions, and behaviors will be studied in more depth to understand their biological mechanisms. The course requires interpreting primary texts, case studies, and scientific or scholarly articles from peer-reviewed journals. In addition, in-class lab activities, appropriate to the field, are required to support analysis, application, and inquiry to the topics as well as understanding the scientific application to real life.