BIOL 407
Neurobiology of Emotion Spring 2024
Division III
Cross-listed NSCI 347
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Emotion is influenced and governed by a number of neural circuits and substrates, and emotional states can be influenced by memory, cognition, and many external stimuli. We will read and discuss articles about mammalian neuroanatomy associated with emotion as defined by classic lesion studies, pharmacology, electrophysiology, fMRI imaging, knockout and optogenetic mouse studies, for investigating neural circuit function in order to gain an understanding of the central circuits and neurotransmitter systems that are implicated in emotional processing. We will focus initially on the neural circuits involved in fear, as a model for how human and animal emotion and physiology is studied, with special sessions on emotional responses to music and art, as well as discussions about burgeoning neurobiological research into the emotion of disgust. The larger goal of the course is to give students opportunities and experience in critical evaluation and discussion of primary scientific literature, and to develop and refine strategies on how to use scientific evidence in building arguments in essays.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3060
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation and several short papers
Prerequisites: BIOL212/NSCI201; open to juniors and seniors. Sophomores must get instructor's consent prior to enrolling.
Enrollment Preferences: senior Biology majors who have not taken a 400-level Biology course; then to eligible NSCI concentrators
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
BIOL 407 Division III NSCI 347 Division III
Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives
NSCI Group A Electives

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