PSYC 319 Fall 2012 Neurofiction

Increasingly, neuroscience is not only a topic of interest to academics and clinicians, but also to the general public. Cover stories in the major news magazines over the past year include Alzheimer's disease, autism, depression, memory, traumatic brain injury in athletes, and schizophrenia. Television news and newspapers cover studies related to neuroscience on a daily basis. Increasingly, novels and movies focus on neuroscience topics. This tutorial will use movies and popular press fiction as a starting point for analysis and discussion of contemporary topics in neuroscience. We will use these movies and novels as "case histories" to provide a foundation for discussing contemporary and controversial topics in neuroscience. Students will begin each topic by viewing a film or reading a book that portrays a topic in neuroscience. Each film/book will serve as a launching point for in depth discussion and debate of the neuroscientific issues raised in the film/book. For example, the film A Beautiful Mind raises issues regarding the neurobiological basis and treatment of schizophrenia and the film Memento raises many controversial issues surrounding the neurobiology of memory.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: students will meet in pairs with instructor for 1 hour each week; during each meeting, students will either present a 6- to 8-page position paper (5 pages in total) based on research papers from the weeks reading list or respond to their partner's paper
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino option and cannot be taken Pass/Fail
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Prerequisites: Psychology 212 (Neuroscience 201) or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Psychology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: PSYC Area 1 - Behavioral Neuroscience
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1269
PSYC319-T1(F) TUT Neurofiction Division 2: Social Studies Paul R. Solomon
TBA 1269
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