Behavioral Neuroimmunology: Brain and Behavior in Health and Disease
An exploration of the interactions among the nervous, immune, and endocrine systems, and their consequences for neural function and behavior, using examples from both the human and animal literatures. Topics include the role of the immune system in cognition and emotions, neuroendocrine-immune interactions during stress, and the effects of stress on health and disease. The potential role of infections in the etiology of psychopathology (autism, schizophrenia) and neurodegenerative conditions (Parkinson's, Alzheimer's) will also be discussed. Recommended prerequisite: one of the following: Psychology 106/Neuroscience 101, Psychology 275/Biology 224/Neuroscience 201, Biology 101L, or equivalent.