PSYC 317
Nature via Nurture: Explorations in Developmental Psychobiology
Last Offered Spring 2006
Division III
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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Do your genes determine who you are? This course examines the relative contributions of nature (genetics) and nurture (the environment) to the development of behaviors such as eating, stress response, learning, play, aggression, parenting, alcoholism, drug addiction, schizophrenia and depression. Modern neuroscience techniques, such as brain imaging, “knock-out” mice, and quantitative trait loci mapping, report extraordinary new relationships between genes and behavior. In contrast to these findings are equally innovative studies on the critical effects of the pre- and postnatal environment and the social milieu which support environmental causation of behavior. This tutorial will evaluate theoretical and methodological issues in the scientific literature to arrive at a synthetic understanding of the epigenetics of behavior. Each tutorial pair will design and conduct an empirical project that will explore their own experimental question about the interaction of genes and environment.
The Class: Format: tutorial and empirical lab course; students will meet in pairs with the instructor for an hour each week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3103
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: each week, students will either present an oral argument of a 5-page position paper or respond to their partners' paper; empirical projects will be presented in a poster session at the final meeting
Prerequisites: Psychology 212 or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Neuroscience concentrators and Psychology majors
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: NSCI Group B Electives
PSYC Area 1 - Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC Empirical Lab Course

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