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PSYC 312
From Order to Disorder(s): The Role of Genes & the Environment in Psychopathology Spring 2021
Division III
Cross-listed NSCI 322 / PSYC 312

Class Details

This course examines how experimental methods in neuroscience can be used to understand the role of nature (genes) and nurture (the environment) in shaping the brain and behavior. In particular, we will explore how neuroscience informs our understanding of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. We will investigate the biological underpinning of these disorders as well as their treatments. Readings will include human studies as well as work based on animal models. Topics will include: the ways in which environmental and genetic factors shape risk and resiliency in the context of psychiatric disease, the neural circuits and peripheral systems that contribute to psychopathology, and the mechanisms through which interventions may act. In the laboratory component of the course, students will gain hands-on experience using the research tools discussed in class to explore novel research questions.
The Class: Format: seminar/laboratory; empirical lab course
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 4515
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class presentations, participation in discussions, midterm exam, and participation in all phases of the empirical project research experience including oral and written presentation of key findings
Prerequisites: PSYC 212 (same as BIOL 212 or NSCI 201)
Enrollment Preferences: Psychology majors and Neuroscience concentrators
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
NSCI 322 Division III PSYC 312 Division III

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