PSYC 317 Spring 2015 Nature via Nurture: Topics in Developmental Psychobiology

Cross Listed as NSCI317
Do your genes determine who you are? This course examines the relative contributions of nature (genetics) and nurture (the environment) that lead to individual differences in behavior. Modern neuroscience techniques have discovered new relationships between genes and behavior. Conversely, recent studies on the effects of social factors suggest critical environmental influences on the expression of these genetic determinants. This tutorial will explore the theoretical and empirical issues in animal models of behavioral epigenetics. Topics include child neglect, antisocial behavior, addiction, anxiety, risk-taking, empathy, and depression. Each tutorial pair will design and conduct an empirical laboratory project that will explore their own experimental question about the interaction of genes and environment in determining behavioral phenotypes.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: Each week, students will either present an oral argument based on a 5-page position paper or respond to their partners' paper; Weekly lab meetings will be held and empirical projects presented in a final poster session
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: PSYC 212
Enrollment Preference: Neuroscience concentrators and Psychology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: NSCI Group B Electives,PHLH Biomedical Determinants of Health,PHLH Maternal and Child Health,PSYC Area 1 - Behavioral Neuroscience,PSYC Empirical Lab Course
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3640
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PSYC 317 - T1 (S) TUT Nature via Nurture Division 3: Science and Mathematics Betty Zimmerberg
TBA 3640
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