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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spring 2008

PSY 341k • Social Endocrinology - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44101 TH
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
SEA 2.224
JOSEPHS

Course Description

An intensive writing course on the relationship between hormones and behavior, with an emphasis on human behavior. After some basic biology (e.g., biology of the endocrine system, common techniques used in behavioral endocrinology), we will familiarize ourselves with major findings from the literature. Some of the questions we will attempt to answer: Does anabolic steroid abuse cause violent behavior?; Is PMS caused by hormonal fluctuations?; Does the sex difference in aggression have a basis in hormones?; Does orchiectomy (testicular castration) "cure" sex offenders?

Grading Policy

1/3 of the grade is based on weekly reaction papers 1/3 on a midterm examination 1/3 based on a written research proposal

Texts

Randy J. Nelson, An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology, 3rd Edition

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