Neural Costs of War|
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
This course focuses on psychopathology commonly classified as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of exposure to war, combat, and related atrocities. In this class, students learn about the diagnosis of PTSD, including the development and history of the diagnosis. Strong neural and cognitive mechanisms are related to stress-related psychopathology, and the overlap of these systems with the damaging effects of traumatic brain injury are covered. While the impact of these mechanisms on the social, interpersonal, and occupational is considered, this is not the focus of the course. To be fully prepared for this course, students should have a solid grounding in neuroscience and behavior basic psychopathology.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (NS&B)(PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: (If discrepancies exist between major readings in Wesmaps and the results generated by the Text Book Information link, defer to the readings posted in Broad Street Books.)|
Text Book Information
No text is assigned for this course. Readings are selected from the scientific literature on basic neuroscience to learn about emotion, memory, and regulatory mechanisms related to stress reactions; readings from the clinical literature on the neurobiology post-traumatic stress disorder, including the neural and hormonal circuitry involved in resilience and vulnerability to extreme stress are also included.
Aston-Jones, G. & Cohen, J. D. (2005). "An integrative theory of locus coeruleus-norepinephrine function: adaptive gain and optimal performance." ANNUAL REVIEW OF NEUROSCIENCE, 28, 403-450.
Charney, D. S. (2004). "Psychological mechanisms of resilience and vulnerability: implications for successful adaptation to extreme stress." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, 161, 195-219.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Each student is responsible for presenting part of the course; following an oral presentation using power point slides material, students lead the discussion on their assigned topic. There are two take-home essay exams and a final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through their Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request. In the request, the completion of PSYC251 OR NS&B213 OR BIOL213 OR PSYC240 should be noted along with reason(s) for wanting to enroll.
Only one Wesleyan University course can be taken as non-graded towards the major.
|Instructor(s): Sanislow,Charles A. Times: ...W... 07:00PM-09:50PM; Location: ALLB304; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
|Web Resources: Moodle, Syllabus |