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  • PSYCHOLOGY 123    Section:


    Spring Quarter 2005

    Units: 3
    Prerequisites: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior 101 and either course Psychology 101 or NPB 102.
    Course Description/Objectives:
    Behavioral endocrinology is the study of the interrelated effects on
    hormones and behavior and vice versa.  PSC 123 (NPB 152) will explore
    these interactions with an emphasis on proximate (mechanistic) causes in
    an evolutionary and ecological (ultimate) context.  The general
    conceptual framework used throughout the course will center on the
    organizational and activational effects of hormones on development and
    expression of behavior. We?ll begin the course with an overview of the
    endocrine system, including the main endocrine glands, the general
    classes of hormones as well as specific hormones that are particularly
    important in behavior, the mechanisms of action of hormones, hormones
    receptors, and target tissues.  We?ll also cover the main methods used in
    studying behavioral endocrinology.  Building on that background, we?ll go
    on to cover a number of specific topics.  Hormones play particularly
    important roles in sexual differentiation (both anatomically and
    behaviorally), so we?ll spend a significant amount of time discussing
    that.  Other topics to be addressed include male and female reproductive
    behavior, affiliative and aggressive behavior, and effects of stressors
    on development and expression of behavior.  There also will be several
    lectures (some of them guest lectures) that develop specific study
    systems in more detail, such as the role of gonadal and adrenal steroids
    in wild golden lion tamarins, and the interplay among environmental
    stressors, the glucocorticoid stress response, and behavior in seasonally
    breeding birds.  When appropriate we will draw parallels between animal
    models and human systems.

    Course Requirements and Grading:
    The grade will be based on 2-3 midterms, a final exam, and homework
    assignments.  Further details will be available on the first day of


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    Classroom Class Schedule Course Website
    2 Wellman T R   7:30 AM - 8:50 AM
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Karen Bales , Ph.D. 102C Young Hall Tuesday 3pm-5pm