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PSYC 5581 Neurobiology of Mental Illness (Fall/Spring: 3 )

Course Description

The course will discuss current views of the pathophysiology and etiology of mental illness. We will discuss recent findings from human studies and from animal models. Emphasis will be on alterations in brain circuits and neurotransmitter systems underlying major depression, PTSD, autism, and schizophrenia. We will explore the involvement of neurotransmitters in mental illness, including serotonin and dopamine, neuropeptides such as vasopressin and oxytocin, and stress hormones and how they mediate the regulation of emotion, cognition and behavior. Finally, we will discuss how genetic background and early environment can be important risk factors for the development of mental illness.

Instructor(s): Alexa Veenema

Prerequisites: PSYC2285. PSYC2285, PSYC3382, PSYC3385, or PSYC3386. It is assumed that all students have a basic knowledge of the nervous system.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17