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  • PSYCHOLOGY 113    Section:


    Fall Quarter 2011

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Psychology, 1, 41, 101.
    Psychology, 1, 41, 101, or permission of instructor
    Course Objectives
    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
    Lecture Instructor
    Jeff Schank
    Office: 268D Young Hall
    Phone: 752-6332
    Office Hours:  Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30 AM to 11:50 PM and by appointment
    Lab Instructors
    Olivia Conley
    Office: TBA
    Office Hours: TBA
    Sinead Jiang
    Office: TBA
    Office Hours: TBA
    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