PSYC 317
Nature via Nurture: Topics in Developmental Psychobiology Spring 2019
Division III
Cross-listed PSYC 317 / NSCI 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#: 3498
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
Prerequisites: PSYC 212 (same as BIOL 212 or NSCI 201)
Enrollment Preferences: Neuroscience concentrators and Psychology majors
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSYC 317 Division III NSCI 317 Division III
Attributes: NSCI Group B Electives
PHLH Biomedical Determinants of Health
PHLH Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health
PSYC Area 1 - Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC Empirical Lab Course
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