NSCI 312
Brain, Behavior, and the Immune System Spring 2015
Division III
Cross-listed PSYC 312 / NSCI 312
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar/lab
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 3638
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: presentations and participation in discussions, short papers, midterm, written and oral presentation of the research project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: PSYC 212 (same as BIOL 212 or NSCI 201) or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Psychology majors and Neuroscience concentrators
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSYC 312 Division III NSCI 312 Division III
Attributes: NSCI Group B Electives
PSYC Empirical Lab Course

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