PSYC 317
Nature via Nurture: Topics in Developmental Psychobiology Spring 2015
Division III
Cross-listed NSCI 317 / PSYC 317
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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.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3640
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
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
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: PSYC 212
Enrollment Preferences: Neuroscience concentrators and Psychology majors
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
NSCI 317 Division III PSYC 317 Division III
Attributes: NSCI Group B Electives
PHLH Biomedical Determinants of Health
PSYC Area 1 - Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC Empirical Lab Course

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