Spring 2022 - PSYC 325 D100

Learning and Memory (3)

Class Number: 1612

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 12, 2022
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201W and PSYC 221 (or PSYC 280).



Examination of the phenomena of memory and the retention and reproduction of information. Considers the conditions and principles of retention and recall in short- and long-term memory.


Explores the leading theories and underlying neurobiology of learning and memory, with a focus on behavioural neuroscience and neuroimaging research. Connects experimental insights to the human experience and clinical disorders that affect memory.


After completing the course, students should be able to:

• Describe basic brain structure and function
• Demonstrate understanding of how learning and memory are studied in animal models and humans
• Demonstrate understanding of how information is learned and stored in the brain
• Demonstrate understanding of how time-of-day and sleep can affect learning and memory
• Demonstrate understanding of how brain injury and disease can affect memory
• Summarize and critique primary research articles


  • Mid-Term Exam: 20%
  • Participation: 5%
  • Term Paper/Project: 20%
  • Final Exam: 25%
  • Quizzes: 20%
  • Group Presentation: 10%



Memory is the critically important ability to store and recall information and experiences from the past to guide our behaviour and understanding of the world around us. This course aims to provide an overview of the neurobiological basis of memory by integrating psychological concepts of learning and memory with synaptic mechanisms and neural circuitry. Topics that are covered in this course include: basic anatomy and physiology of the brain, traditional and modern methodology for studying learning and memory in animal models and humans, leading psychological theories, neural circuitry of the memory systems, how sleep and circadian rhythms affect memory, and clinical disorders that affect memory, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Lectures and assignments are designed to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of learning and memory and to encourage critical thinking about experimental design and interpretations of research results.



Rudy, J. The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (Third edition)


Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.