PSYC 313
Opioids and the Opioid Crisis: The Neuroscience Behind an Epidemic Fall 2024
Division III
Cross-listed NSCI 313

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Opioid misuse, including addiction, has emerged as a major health epidemic in the United States. This course will explore the science of opioids as well as the historical and societal context surrounding their use. We will examine the neurobiological mechanisms through which opioids interact with pain pathways and reward circuits within the brain and we will explore how changes in these systems contribute to opioid tolerance, dependence, and addiction. We will consider how genetic, environmental and behavioral factors can powerfully influence these processes. Finally, we will consider alternative approaches to pain management as well as interventions for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Critical evaluation of peer-reviewed primary literature from animal and human studies will serve as a foundation for class discussions. Evaluation will be based on class presentations, participation in discussions and written assignments.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1678
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class presentations, participation in discussions, three position papers (approximately 2 pages double-spaced), an APA style literature review (approximately 5-7 pages double-spaced), a research proposal (approximately 5-7 pages double spaced) and an oral presentation of the project proposal.
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:
PSYC 313 Division III NSCI 313 Division III
Attributes: NSCI Group B Electives
PHLH Biomedical Determinants of Health
PSYC Area 1 - Behavioral Neuroscience

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