Neural Costs of War|
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
|Course Cluster: Health Studies|
This course focuses on stress reactions that result because of exposure to war, combat, and related atrocities. You will learn about the diagnosis of PTSD, including its development and history. There is a strong emphasis on the neural and cognitive mechanisms for stress-related psychopathology and the overlap of psychological and neural systems with the damaging effects of traumatic brain injury. While interactions of these mechanisms with social and cultural processes are considered, the primary emphasis is on the neural and cognitive mechanisms. To be fully prepared for this course, students should have a solid grounding in neuroscience and behavior, as well as basic psychopathology.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEC)(CIS)(NS&B)(PSYC)(SISP)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
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.
Stein, M. B. & McAllister, T. W. (2009). Exploring the convergence of posttraumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, 166, 768-776.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Each student is responsible for presenting on a major topic area during the course; following the oral presentation for leading the discussion on their assigned topic. There are also two take-home essay exams and a final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
In addition to submitting an electronic POI request, visit http://csanislow.faculty.wesleyan.edu/courses/ for instructions on how to be considered for enrollment. Please note that completion of PSYC251 OR NS&B213 OR BIOL213 OR PSYC240 is recommended.
Cannot be taken non-graded.
|Instructor(s): Sanislow,Charles A. Times: ...W... 07:10PM-10:00PM; Location: TBA|
|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.|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 6||1st Ranked: 4||2nd Ranked: 1||3rd Ranked: 1||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 0|