Classes


Bad Genes, Bad Parents, Bad Behaviors

This class will explore the biology of criminal behavior and violence. We will examine the construct of "anti-sociality" and unpack clinical and diagnostic issues surrounding its diverse manifestations, such as psychopathy. A strong emphasis will be placed on biological mechanisms. A particular focus will be on understanding how genes and environments act and interact to predispose antisocial behavior by shaping brain function and development.


Mind, Brain, Illness

This course is focused on understanding the causal mechanisms of mental illness. We examine the concept of mental illness and the relationship between psychopathological symptoms and specific brain circuits for executive control, motivation, social cognition, and emotion regulation. Further, we explore the ways in which genetic and environmental factors affect the function of these circuits to predispose psychological dysfunction.


Circuits and Symptoms

 

This class will explore the biology of psychological illness. We will ignore artificial diagnostic labels, examining instead the core symptom domains that have plagued humans since the beginning of recorded history. A strong emphasis will be placed on biological mechanisms. In particular, the class will focus on mapping dysfunction in large-scale brain circuits to cognitive, affective, social, and motivational symptom domains, and on understanding how genes and environments act and interact to predispose these symptoms by shaping brain function and development.


Introduction to the study of psychological dysfunction. Focuses on abnormal behavior as it relates to the definition, etiology, and treatment of major forms of psychopathology, including depression, anxiety, phobias, PTSD, OCD, addiction, autism, schizophrenia, and psychopathy. This course will emphasize critical evaluation of the causes and mechanisms of mental disorders, with special attention paid to recent neuroscientific and genetic research on the neurobiology of psychopathology.


Circuits and Symptoms

 

This class will explore the biology of psychological illness. We will ignore artificial diagnostic labels, examining instead the core symptom domains that have plagued humans since the beginning of recorded history. A strong emphasis will be placed on biological mechanisms. In particular, the class will focus on mapping dysfunction in large-scale brain circuits to cognitive, affective, social, and motivational symptom domains, and on understanding how genes and environments act and interact to predispose these symptoms by shaping brain function and development.