PSYC 312 Spring 2015 Brain, Behavior, and the Immune System

Cross Listed as NSCI312
In all animals, the immune system is the body's defense against the outside world. Immune function is strongly influenced by environmental and behavioral experiences, and the immune system has a dynamic relationship with the brain. We will study the interactions among the brain, behavior, and the immune system in models of health and disease. Specific topics to be examined include: immune cells and their signaling molecules, immune cells within the brain, sickness behaviors, learning and memory, nervous system development, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and nervous system injury and repair. Students will critically review data from both human and animal studies. All students will design and conduct an empirical research project as part of a small research team.
Class Format: seminar/lab
Requirements/Evaluation: presentations and participation in discussions, short papers, midterm, written and oral presentation of the research project
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: PSYC 212 (same as BIOL 212 or NSCI 201) or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Psychology majors and Neuroscience concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: NSCI Group B Electives,PSYC Empirical Lab Course
Enrollment Limit: 16
Expected Enrollment: 16
Class Number: 3634
PSYC 312 - 01 (S) SEM Brain, Behavior & Immune Systm Division 3: Science and Mathematics Lauren L. Williamson
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Bronfman 103 3634
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