PS 380 Neuroscience of Psychopathology (Fall/Spring: 3)

Prerequisite: One of the following: PS 285, PS 373, PS 382, PS 385, or PS 386. It is assumed that all students have a basic knowledge of the nervous system.
The course provides an overview of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying developmental and adult psychopathologies, including autism, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders, violence, and personality disorders. We will explore the involvement of neurotransmitters in psychopathology, including serotonin and dopamine, neuropeptides such as vasopressin and oxytocin, and stress hormones. We will discuss how genetic background and early environment can be important risk factors for the development of psychopathologies. We will review how all these factors may mediate abnormal regulation of emotion, cognition and/or social behavior. The course will discuss current findings from human studies and from animal models of psychopathology.
Alexa Veenema

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