Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience
The course will be offered through the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience (CTSN). The CTSN is comprised of researchers and clinicians investigating the neurobiology of prosocial behavior and disorders of the social brain, with a focus on translating discoveries made in the laboratory into strategies for improving social function in psychiatric disorders. The goal of the course is to present and discuss current topics in behavioral neuroscience with a focus on prosocial behavior and social deficits involved in psychiatric disorders. Topics will include historical perspectives of social neuroscience, empathy, social cognition, Autism and Schizophrenia, with basic neuroscience through clinical research perspectives. Participating faculty will be asked to provide relevant reading materials that will be presented and discussed by the students on Tuesdays, prior to faculty discussions that will occur every Thursday.