Additional Class Fee: $75.00.
Cognitive Neuroscience with Lab (4)
This course explores the neural underpinnings of complex
behaviors, including attention, object recognition, memory,
cognitive control, social cognition, and language. The lab
covers fundamental research methods in cognitive neuroscience,
including ethical issues, design of studies, and analysis of
data. Students become familiar with the design of behavioral
paradigms, clinical approaches, electroencephalography (EEG),
neuroimaging (MRI, functional MRI), and neuromodulation.
Prerequisite: NEUR-210. Meets with NEUR-310 001.
Stress, Coping, and Emotion (3)
This course introduces students to the theory, methods, and
applications of stress and emotion research. Reading assignments
and lectures address the nature of psychological stress, its
relation to appraisals, coping, and emotion, and the specific
methodological challenges of studying stress and coping. Topics
include models of stress and emotion, influences of stress on
health, personality, gender, and culture. Stress-related growth,
depression, and clinical interventions are also discussed.
Psychology and the Family (3)
This course explores the connections between the family context
and psychological phenomena, such as human development, health
behavior, mental health, achievement, and identity. It examines
the family context in terms of its subsystems, structure, and
dynamics as well as the historical, cultural, social, and
economic factors that influence it across diverse environments;
reviews theoretical approaches and methodological strategies to
study families; and considers interventions and policies that
target or involve the family.
Behavioral Neuroscience of Addiction (3)
This seminar explores the science of addiction with an emphasis
on current research in the areas of behavior and neuroscience.
Students read and discuss selected texts, original research
papers, and reviews concerned with topics including theories of
drug abuse and addiction.
Seminar in Child Anxiety (3)
This course introduces students to the study of anxiety and
obsessive-compulsive disorder in children and adolescents.
Topics covered include the diagnosis, prevalence, course,
etiology, and clinical correlates of anxiety disorders in youth
as well as cognitive-behavioral and pharmacological approaches
to treatment. Although the focus is child anxiety, students
learn to critically evaluate treatment-outcome research in
Sex Differences in Brain Structure-Function Relations (3)
Historically, neuroscience research has relied on male animals
as the default model for the study of a variety of psychological
and behavioral functions. As a consequence, the importance of
sex differences in these types of functions has been minimized
or ignored. However, this practice has become increasingly
unsupportable in the face of emerging experimental evidence for
sex differences in brain anatomy, chemistry, and in processes
underlying energy regulation, learning, memory, and addiction.
Ignoring the female sex is also questionable on ethical grounds
because of recent findings that the incidence and nature of a
host of brain disorders differ dependent on sex. This course
explores the nature of sex difference in the brain across the
cellular, physiological, structural, behavioral and cognitive
levels of analysis to shed light on a number of lingering
misconceptions about sex differences that slow the advancement
of neuroscience research and retard the development of effective
therapeutic interventions for many disorders of the female brain.