Behavioral Neuroimmunology: Brain and Behavior in Health and Disease

PSY 279

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. Prerequisite: one of the following: PSY 106/NEUROSCI 101, PSY 275/BIOLOGY 224/NEUROSCI 201, BIOLOGY 101L, or equivalent. One course.

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