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Hormones, Brain, and Behavior
BIOL 224
Fall 2009
Section: 01   02  
Crosslisting: NS&B 224

Hormones coordinate the anatomical, physiological, and behavioral changes necessary for developmental, seasonal, and diurnal transition in animals. These molecules have profound effects on the development of the brain and on adult brain function. How do hormones orchestrate brain assembly and the expression of specific behaviors? How do behavior, social context, and the environment influence hormone secretion? This course will provide a critical survey of our understanding of the relationship between endocrinology, the brain, and behavior in a variety of animal systems. Select topics include insect metamorphosis; sexual differentiation of the vertebrate brain and behavior; reproductive and aggressive behavior in birds, lizards, and rodents; song learning and song production in birds; and the effects of hormones on sexual behavior and cognitive function in primates, including humans. The exploration of a variety of systems will provide students with an appreciation of the ways in which the relationships between hormones and behavior vary across species, as well as the extent to which these relationships are conserved.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Logical Reasoning
This course requires synthesis and interpretation of scientific research. Due to the subject material, there can be multiple interpretations of the science, requiring logic to appraise the relative merits of one interpretation over others.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM BIOL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: [NS&B213 or BIOL213 or PSYC240] OR [BIOL182 or MB&B182]
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(NS&B)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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