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PSY277 - Looking Inside the Disordered Brain (offered every Fall, formerly PSY120B)


What brain circuits give rise to the dazzling diversity of human behavior, and how do even subtle disturbances within these circuits lead to abnormal behavior or psychopathology?  This course provides students with a working knowledge of our rapidly evolving understanding of brain circuits that create order in our social, emotional and cognitive worlds, and how disorder within these circuits leads to a broad range of psychopathology including depression, anxiety, phobias, PTSD, OCD, addiction, autism, schizophrenia, psychopathy and violence.

Expected background: Biological Bases of Behavior (101RE) or consent of instructor.

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PSY240S – Biological Pathways to Psychopathology (offered every Spring)


This seminar introduces students to emerging methodologies for understanding the biological pathways of psychopathology.  We will evaluate research showing that the integration of psychology, neuroimaging, pharmacology and genetics can illuminate specific biological pathways that help shape risk for and emergence of psychopathology.  Seminar readings are primary journal articles, reviews and book chapters.  Topics include the design and analysis of multimodal research (fMRI, PET, pharmacology, molecular genetics) examining the biological underpinnings of behavioral traits relevant to psychopathology.

Expected background: Consent of instructor required. Prior coursework in psychology, neuroscience, and genetics is strongly advised.