PSYCHOLOGY 113 Section:
Fall Quarter 2011
|Prerequisites:||Psychology, 1, 41, 101.|
Psychology, 1, 41, 101, or permission of instructor
You will become familiar with the basic ideas and methods of developmental psychobiology as an interdisciplinary science. The aim will be a deeper understanding of behavioral development through the integration of perspectives of biology and psychology, including the relationships of evolution and genetics to development.
Class: TR 9:00-10:20 AM (1227 Haring
Labs: W: 10:00-11:50 AM; 12:10-2:00 PM; 2:10-4:00 PM; 4:10-6:00 PM(162 Young
Office: 268D Young Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30 AM to 11:50 PM and by appointment
Office Hours: TBA
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What is Developmental Psychobiology?
Developmental psychobiology concerns changes that take place over an individual’s lifetime, but not all changes are developmental or of topical concern to psychology. Developmental changes are irreversible, require the active engagement of the individual in its own developmental organization, involve growth, and are emergent from conditions affecting earlier stages (e.g., genetics, environmental factors, previous stages of development). Topical phenomena for developmental psychobiology include behavior, motivation, emotion, cognition, and learning. But, merely listing the characteristics of development and topics in psychobiology is not a definition of developmental psychobiology.
To achieve a deeper understanding we will begin by examining the complex concept of levels of organization and causation, issues in nature vs. nurture, and the synthetic perspective of epigenesis (i.e. a process of emergent development in which a developmental stage emerges from the conditions present in the previous stage including prior development up to that point, environmental factors, gene regulation and expression). An epigenetic perspective requires understanding complex issues of causation at multiple levels of organization and integrating information from multiple scientific disciplines including psychology, evolution, development, genetics.
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|Classroom||Class Schedule||Course Website|
|1227 Haring||T R 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM||http://www.agent-based-models.com/|
|Instructor||Instructor Email||Office||Office Hours|
|Jeffrey Schank , Ph.D.||268D Young Hall||TR 10:30-11:50 and by appointment|