NSCI 317 Spring 2013 Nature via Nurture: The Psychobiology of Danger

Cross Listed as PSYC317
This course examines the relative contributions of nature (genetics) and nurture (the environment) to the neurobiology of aggression and fear, leading to individual differences in behavior in dangerous situations. We will evaluate the neuroscience literature to arrive at an understanding of the neuroanatomy and neurochemistry underlying behaviors that create danger (e.g. violence, child abuse, antisocial behavior, alcohol abuse) and behaviors that respond to danger (e.g. inhibition, risk-taking, stress responses, empathy). Modern neuroscience techniques, such as brain imaging, selective trait breeding and gene mapping, have discovered new relationships between genes and behavior. However, recent studies on the effects of social and cognitive factors suggest critical environmental influences on the expression of these genetic determinants.
Class Format: tutorial; students will meet in pairs with the instructor for an hour each week
Requirements/Evaluation: each week, students will either present an oral argument of a 5-page position paper or respond to their partners' paper
Additional Info: not available to be taken on a Pass/Fail basis
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Prerequisites: Psychology 212 or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: Neuroscience concentrators and Psychology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: NSCI Group B Electives,PHLH Maternal and Child Health,PHLH Science and Medicine,PSYC Area 1 - Behavioral Neuroscience
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3953
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
NSCI317-T1(S) TUT Nature via Nurture Division 3: Science and Mathematics Betty Zimmerberg
TBA 3953
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