Philosophy of Training & mentoring
My teaching philosophy has been that it is crucial to employ specific strategies tailored for each individual student, as students learn at their own pace, using different skills and different styles. My M.D. & Ph.D. training makes me more than a pure neurobiologist; I am also a physician scientist who brings insightful understanding of the application of basic research discoveries to my work. The translation of a biological procedure to the clinic will motivate students to understand the physiological /psychological procedures applied to different circumstances. As a mentor of graduate students, my goal is to encourage students to be motivated to pursue research, provide them with state-of-art resources and guide them to be creative and productive.
Dr. Yao-Ying Ma was recognized as one of the Career Champions at the SUNY, Binghamton on Nov. 10, 2016. .
Psychology Intro (111): 4 credits
This course provides a systematic introduction to the essential topics in psychology. Students are expected to not only gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, but also explore current theories in areas such as learning, cognition, and motivation.
Brain Plasticity and Learning (473): 4 credits
This seminar is designed as an in-depth exploration of findings of basic and clinical research on synaptic and non-synaptic plasticity in adult brain. An emphasis will place on how learning and experience can change the brain.
Psychopharmacology (574): 4 credits
The goal of this course is to provide a theoretical framework for understanding the physiological action of therapeutic drugs, with specific emphasis on those commonly used in neuropsychiatric field.