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Yvon Delville

Professor Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Yvon Delville

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Biography

I received my Ph.D in 1992 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst working in the laboratory of Jeff Blaustein.  Afterwards, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Physiology Department at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester in the laboratory of Craig Ferris.  I became Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program of the Psychiatry Department at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester in 1994.  I joined the Psychology Department at the University of Texas in 1999.  I am a member of the Behavioral Neuroscience Area in the Psychology Department and of the Institute For Neuroscience.

Research Interests:

Research in my laboratory is focused on various aspects of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.  During development, the nervous system is vulnerable to a variety of environmental factors. In turn, these neurobiological changes are responsible for behavioral alterations.  For instance, changes in the maternal environment can be responsible for individual differences in personality traits.  I am particularly interested in the role of social stress on the development of aggression during puberty, and in individual differences in stress responsiveness associated with differences in social behavior.  Recent studies suggest that stress resulting from bullying plays a critical role in the appearance of abnormally violent behavior in teenagers.  Fortunately, only a fraction of bullied adolescents become violent.  We are using animal models to study the neurobiological mechanisms underlying changes in aggressive behavior caused by social stress during puberty.  These studies allow us to better understand the neurotransmitter systems and neural networks coordinating aggressive responses by individuals.  In addition, our studies with animals help us to draw predictions that are currently testing with human subjects.

A list of selected publications can be found on the Delville Lab web site.

 

Interests

Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, Neuroanatomy, Neuropharmacology, Neurotoxicology, and Neuronal Plasticity

PSY 332C • Hormones And Behavior

43670 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm NOA 1.124
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Neuroscientific study of hormones and behavior in animals and humans. Includes sexual behavior, sexual differentiation, parental behavior, aggressive behavior, feeding and drinking, stress, learning, and memory. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Psychology 332C and 341K (Topic: Hormones and Behavior) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 332C • Hormones And Behavior

43725 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm NOA 1.124
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Neuroscientific study of hormones and behavior in animals and humans. Includes sexual behavior, sexual differentiation, parental behavior, aggressive behavior, feeding and drinking, stress, learning, and memory. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Psychology 332C and 341K (Topic: Hormones and Behavior) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 332C • Hormones And Behavior

43260 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm NOA 1.124
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Neuroscientific study of hormones and behavior in animals and humans. Includes sexual behavior, sexual differentiation, parental behavior, aggressive behavior, feeding and drinking, stress, learning, and memory. Psychology 332C and 341K (Topic: Hormones and Behavior) may not both be counted. 

The goals of the course are to approach all aspects of Behavioral Endocrinology and develop an understanding of research on hormones and behavior and their results. The class will cover multiple levels of explanation from the molecular to the organism.

PSY 394P • Curr Tpcs In Behav Neurosci

43465 • Fall 2012
Meets W 300pm-600pm SEA 4.244
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Brain-behavior relationships, particularly recent research in behavioral neuroscience, including the anatomical and neurochemical mechanisms of behavioral events, and behavioral influences on the brain. Neuroscience 394P (Topic 1: Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience) and Psychology 394P (Topic 1) may not both be counted.

PSY 332C • Hormones And Behavior

43150 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm NOA 1.124
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The goals of the course are to approach all aspects of Behavioral Endocrinology and develop an understanding of research on hormones and behavior and their results. The class will cover multiple levels of explanation from the molecular to the organism.

PSY 394P • Curr Tpcs In Behav Neurosci

43345 • Fall 2011
Meets W 300pm-600pm SEA 4.242
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Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience. Brain-behavior relationships, particularly recent research in behavioral neuroscience, including the anatomical and neurochemical mechanisms of behavioral events, and behavioral influences on the brain. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Neuroscience 394P (Topic 1: Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience) and Psychology 394P (Topic 1) may not both be counted.

PSY 383T • Prins Sensory & Behav Neurosci

43885 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm SEA 1.332
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A proseminar covering the core material on essential topics in sensory and behavioral neuroscience. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 381D, Kinesiology 383T, Neuroscience 383T, Pharmacy 383T, Psychology 383T. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 332C • Hormones And Behavior

43105 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm BUR 216
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Prerequisites

PSY 301 with a grade of least C, and PSY 418 or an equivalent statistics course with a grade of at least C. PSY 308 or 3 semester hours of coursework in biology is strongly recommended. Upper-division standing required.

Course Description

The class will address multiple topics related to studies on hormones and behavior. These topics will be addressed at multiple levels from the regulation of gene expression in the brain to the interactions between neurotransmitters and hormones in the regulations of behaviors in animal models and in humans. The topics covered in class will include sexual behavior, sexual differentiation, parental behavior, aggressive behavior, feeding and drinking, stress, learning and memory, circadian and seasonal rhythms, neuronal and behavioral plasticity.

Grading Policy

  • Midterm exam - 30% of total grade
  • 3 reviews of papers - 10% of total grade, each
  • Comprehensive final - 30% of total grade
  • Class Participation - 10% of total grade
  • Midterm and Final exams will include short assay and short answer questions. The students will be given three papers on the topic of Hormones and Behavior and will work in small groups to summarize these papers.

    Texts

    An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology, second edition, by R.J. Nelson, Sinauer Associates, Inc.

    PSY 394P • Curr Tpcs In Behav Neurosci

    43300 • Fall 2010
    Meets W 300pm-600pm SEA 4.242
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    Seminars in Behavioral Neuroscience and Biopsychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

    PSY 341K • Stress-W

    43940 • Spring 2010
    Meets TTH 1100-1230pm SEA 2.108
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    Syllabus
    PSY 341K.  Stress


    Unique Number: 43940
    Spring 2010                           
    TTH 11-12:30
    SEA 2.108


    Instructor:    Dr. Yvon Delville       
            Office:    SEA 5.234
            Office Hrs:    M 3:00-5:00 and by appointment.
            Phone:     232-5731
            E-Mail:    Delville@psy.utexas.edu

    TA:    Danielle Eagan   
            Office:    SEA 4.110E
            Office Hrs:    TTh 9:30-11
            E-Mail:    deeagan@gmail.com
           
    Text:    Selected Readings
       
       
    Prerequisites:    Psychology 301 with a grade of C or better, Psychology 418 or an equivalent statistics course with a grade of C or better, upper division standing, and six semester hours of upper division Psychology.
       

    Grading:    The grade will be based on an oral presentation (25% of total grade), and four papers (20, 5, 20, and 30% of the total grade).  The first paper will be a summary of the oral presentation (20% of total grade).  It will be due during the middle of the semester (3/9).  The second paper (5%) will be a detailed outline and will be due 4/1.  The third paper (20% of total grade) will be a draft of the final paper and is due 4/20.  The final paper (30% of total grade) will be a proposal which can be based on the material covered for the oral presentation.  The final paper is due for 5/7.  These dates are final.  Any paper turned in after these dates will be down-graded.  Class participation will not be graded, but will be used to improve your grade.
       

    Midterms:    There will be no midterm.
       

    Final Exam:               There will be no final exam.
           

    Course Goals:    The goal of the course is to approach all aspects of stress and develop an understanding of stress research and their results.   The class will cover multiple levels of explanation from the molecular to the organism.
       


    Grading Policy:     Your final grade will be derived from the sum of your grades.  The grading policy will be as follows.
    A  = 92-100
    A- = 90-91
    B+ = 88-89
    B  = 82-87
    B- = 80-81
    C+ = 78-79
    C  = 72-78
    C-  = 70-71
    D+ = 68-69
    D  = 62-67
    D-= 60-61
    F  =0-59



    Class Schedule:

    Dates    Topic
    T 1/19    Introduction
    Th 1/21    Science Reading
    T 1/26    Science Reading
    Th 1/28    Methods in Stress Research
    T 2/2    Neuroendocrinology of Stress
    Th 2/4    Neuroendocrinology of Stress
    T 2/9    Neuroendocrinology of Stress
    Th 2/11    Neuroendocrinology of Stress
    T 2/16    Neuroendocrinology of Stress
    Th 2/18    Guest lecture on stress
    T 2/23    Preparing an effective oral presentation
    Th 2/25    Student Presentation
    T 3/2    Student Presentation
    Th 3/4    Student Presentation
    T 3/9    Student Presentation
    Th 3/11    Biology of Stress, Summary and Discussion
    T 3/16    Spring break
    Th 3/18    Spring break
    T 3/23    Student Presentation
    Th 3/25    Designing an Experiment and Preparing Paper 3
    T 3/30    Discussing Research Proposals
    Th 4/1    Student Presentation
    T 4/6    Student Presentation
    Th 4/8    Student Presentation
    T 4/13    Stress and Behavior, Summary and Discussion
    Th 4/15    Student Presentation
    T 4/20    Student Presentation
    Th 4/23    Student Presentation
    T 4/27    Student presentation
    Th 4/29    Student Presentation
    T 5/4    Student Presentation
    T 5/6    Stress and Health, Summary and Discussion


     
    Topics for Student Presentations

    Each student will select one of these topics for his/her presentation.

    1. Neuroendocrinology of the stress response

    2. Physiology and biochemistry of stress

    3. Mechanism of action of stress hormones

    4. Neural pathways involved in stress, fear and arousal

    5. Neurochemistry and pharmacology of stress

    6. Chronic vs. acute stress

    7. Stress and neural plasticity

    8. Perinatal stress and development

    9. Stress and adolescence

    10. Stress and aging

    11. Animal models of stress

    12. Stress, sex and aggression

    13. Stress and reproduction in females

    14. Stress and learning

    15. Stress and PTSD

    16. Stress and addiction

    17. Stress and psychiatric disorders

    18. Stress and immunity

    19. Stress and health

    20. Coping with stress

    21. Therapies for stress
     
    Disabilities Statement:
     "The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.  For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY."

    PSY 383T • Prins Sensory & Behav Neurosci

    44045 • Spring 2010
    Meets TTH 330pm-500pm SEA 4.242
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    A proseminar covering the core material on essential topics in sensory and behavioral neuroscience. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 381D, Kinesiology 383T, Neuroscience 383T, Pharmacy 383T, Psychology 383T. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

    PSY 332C • Hormones And Behavior

    44070 • Fall 2009
    Meets MWF 1100-1200 NOA 1.124
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    Syllabus

    Psychology 332C, Hormones and Behavior

    Unique Number 44070

    Fall 2009

    MWF 11:00-12:00 a.m.

    NOA 1.124

     

    Instructor:            Dr. Yvon Delville                          

                              Office:            Seay 5.234

                              Office Hrs:            M 3:00-5:00 and by appointment.

                              Phone:             232-5731

                              E-Mail:            Delville@psy.utexas.edu

     

    TA            Lisa Dawn Hamilton

                            Email:             ldhamilton@mail.utexas.edu

                            Office:             SEA: 3.318

                            Office Hrs:             MW 12-1:30 or by apppointemt

     

    Web Site:            Go to Backboard

                https://courses.utexas.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp

     

    Text:            Nelson, R.J. 2005. An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology, 3nd Edition.

     

    Prerequisites:            Psychology 301 with a grade of C or better, Psychology 418 or an equivalent statistics course with a grade of C or better, upper division standing required, and Psy308 or three semester hours of coursework in biology are strongly recommended. The Psychology Department will drop all students who do not meet the following prerequisites:

    (a) PSY 301 with a C or better

    (b) PSY 418 (or an equivalent listed in the course schedule) with a C or better

    (c) Upper-Division standing (60 hours completed)

     

    Grading:            The grade will be based on two midterm exams (25% of total grade, each), 6 group reviews of scientific articles with associated quizzes (20% of total grade, 15% for reviews and 5% for quizzes), and a comprehensive final (30% of total grade).

     

    Midterms:            There will be two midterm exams, each accounting for 25% of the total grade.

     

    Final Exam:             The comprehensive final exam will account for 30% of the total grade

     

    Reviews of Articles:

    Scientific articles will be posted on the class server during the semester, along with a list of questions for each article.  The students will be expected to work in groups to answer these questions within a week.  These reviews of article will be worth 15% of the total grade (2.5% each).  Each paper will also be the topic of quizzes (worth 5% of the total grade, 0.66% each) There will be a total of 6 such reviews and 6 associated quizzes throughout the semester.  Together, these reviews and their associated quizzes will account for 20% of the total grade.

     

    Course Goals:

    The goals of the course are to approach all aspects of Behavioral Endocrinology and develop an understanding of research on hormones and behavior and their results. The class will cover multiple levels of explanation from the molecular to the organism.

     

    Grading Policy:

    Your final grade will be derived from the sum of your grades. The grading policy will be as follows.

    A  = 92-100

    A- = 90-91

    B+ = 88-89

    B  = 82-87

    B- = 80-81

    C+ = 78-79

    C  = 72-78

    C-  = 70-71

    D+ = 68-69

    D  = 62-67

    D-= 60-61

    F  =0-59


    Class Schedule:

     

    Dates            Topic

    W 8/26            Introduction.  Chapter 1.  History           

    F 8/28            Science Reading, Discussing and Evaluating Data           

    M 8/31            Chapt. 1.  Studying hormones and Behavior           

    W 9/2            Chapt. 1.  Methods in Behavioral Endocrinology Research           

    F 9/4            Chapt. 2.  The Endocrine Glands           

    M 9/7            Labor Day, no classes

    W 9/9            Chapt. 2.  The Endocrine Glands           

    F 9/11            Chapt. 2.  Vertebrate Hormones           

    M 9/14            Chapt. 2.  Mechanisms of Hormones Action

    W 9/16            Chapt. 2.  Mechanisms of Hormones Action           

    F 9/18            Chapt. 2.  Basic Concepts in Behavioral Neuroscience           

    M 9/21            Discussion of assignment #1           

    W 9/23            Midterm 1           

    F 9/25            Chapt. 3.  Sex Determination and Differentiation           

    M 9/28            Chapt. 3.  Sex Determination and Differentiation           

    W 9/30            Chapt. 4.  Sex Differences           

    F 10/2            Chapt. 4.  Sex Differences           

    M 10/5            Discussion of assignment #2           

    W 10/7            Chapt. 5.  Male Reproductive Behavior           

    F 10/9            Chapt. 5.  Male Reproductive Behavior           

    M 10/12            Chapt. 5.  Male Reproductive Behavior           

    W 10/14            Chapt. 6.  Female Reproductive Behavior           

    F 10/16            Chapt. 6.  Female Reproductive Behavior           

    M 10/19            Discussion of Assignment #3           

    W 10/21            Midterm 2           

    F 10/23            Chapt. 7.  Parental Behavior           

    M 10/26            Discussion of assignment #4           

    W 10/28            Chapt. 7.  Parental Behavior           

    F 10/30            Chapt. 8.  Affiliative Behavior           

    M 11/2            Discussion of assignment #5           

    W 11/4            Chapt. 8.  Aggressive Behavior           

    F 11/6            Chapt. 8.  Aggressive Behavior           

    M 11/9            Discussion of assignment #6           

    W 11/11            Chapt. 9.  Homeostasis and Behavior           

    F 11/13            Chapt. 9.  Homeostasis and Behavior           

    M 11/16            Chapt. 10.  Biological Rhythms           

    W 11/18            Chapt. 10.  Biological Rhythms           

    F 11/20            Chapt. 10.  Biological Rhythms           

    M 11/23            Chapt. 11.  Stress           

    W 11/25            Chapt. 11.  Stress           

    F 11/27            Thanksgiving Holiday           

    M 11/30            Chapt. 11.  Stress           

    W 12/2            Chapt. 12.  Learning and Memory           

    F 12/4            Chapt. 13.  Hormones and Psychiatry           

     

    Disabilities Statement:

     "The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.  For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY."

    PSY 341K • Stress-W

    44135 • Fall 2009
    Meets TTH 200pm-330pm SEA 3.250
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    Syllabus

    PSY 341K.  Stress

     

     

    Unique Number: 44135

    Fall 2009                                                       

    TTH 2-3:30

    SEA 3.250

     

     

    Instructor:

    Dr. Yvon Delville

     

     

     

     

    Office:

    SEA 5.234

     

     

    Office Hrs:

    M 3:00-5:00 and by appointment.

     

     

    Phone:

    232-5731

     

     

    E-Mail:

    Delville@psy.utexas.edu

     

    TA:

    Peter Clasen

     

     

     

    Office:

    SEA 2.210

     

     

    Office Hrs:

    T 11-1 and by appointment

     

     

    E-Mail:

    clasen@mail.utexas.edu

     

    Text:

    Selected Readings

     

     

        

    Prerequisites:

    Psychology 301 with a grade of C or better, Psychology 418 or an equivalent statistics course with a grade of C or better, upper division standing, and six semester hours of upper division Psychology.

     

     

     

    Grading:

    The grade will be based on an oral presentation (25% of total grade), and four papers (20, 5, 20, and 30% of the total grade).  The first paper will be a summary of the oral presentation (20% of total grade).  It will be due during the middle of the semester (10/13).  The second paper (5%) will be a detailed outline and will be due 10/29.  The third paper (20% of total grade) will be a draft of the final paper and is due 11/12.  The final paper (30% of total grade) will be a proposal which can be based on the material covered for the oral presentation.  The final paper is due for 12/3.  These dates are final.  Any paper turned in after these dates will be down-graded.  Class participation will not be graded, but will be used to improve your grade.

     

     

     

    Midterms:

    There will be no midterm.

     

     

     

    Final Exam:          

    There will be no final exam.

     

     

    Course Goals:

    The goal of the course is to approach all aspects of stress and develop an understanding of stress research and their results.   The class will cover multiple levels of explanation from the molecular to the organism.

     

     

     

     

    Grading Policy:

    Your final grade will be derived from the sum of your grades.  The grading policy will be as follows.

    A  = 92-100

    A- = 90-91

    B+ = 88-89

    B  = 82-87

    B- = 80-81

    C+ = 78-79

    C  = 72-78

    C-  = 70-71

    D+ = 68-69

    D  = 62-67

    D-= 60-61

    F  =0-59

     

     

     

    Class Schedule:

     

    Dates

    Topic

    Th 8/27

    Introduction

     

    T 9/1

    Science Reading

     

    Th 9/3

    Science Reading

     

    T 9/8

    Methods in Stress Research

     

    Th 9/10

    Neuroendocrinology of Stress

     

    T 9/15

    Neuroendocrinology of Stress

     

    Th 9/17

    Neuroendocrinology of Stress

     

    T 9/22

    Neuroendocrinology of Stress

     

    Th 9/24

    Neuroendocrinology of Stress

     

    T 9/29

    Guest lecture on stress

     

    Th 10/1

    Preparing an effective oral presentation

     

    T 10/6

    Student Presentation

     

    Th 10/8

    Student Presentation

     

    T 10/13

    Student Presentation

     

    Th 10/15

    Student Presentation

     

    T 11/20

    Biology of Stress, Summary and Discussion

     

    Th 10/22

    Student Presentation

     

    T 10/27

    Designing an Experiment and Preparing Paper 3

     

    Th 10/29

    Discussing Research Proposals

     

    T 11/3

    Student Presentation

     

    Th 11/5

    Student Presentation

     

    T 11/10

    Student Presentation

     

    Th 11/12

    Stress and Behavior, Summary and Discussion

     

    T 11/17

    Student Presentation

     

    Th 11/19

    Student Presentation

     

    T 11/24

    Student Presentation

     

    Th 11/26

    Thanksgiving Day, no Class

     

    T 12/1

    Student Presentation

     

    Th 12/3

    Stress and Health, Summary and Discussion

     

           

     

     


    Topics for Student Presentations

     

    Each student will select one of these topics for his/her presentation.

     

    1. Neuroendocrinology of the stress response

     

    2. Physiology and biochemistry of stress

     

    3. Mechanism of action of stress hormones

     

    4. Neural pathways involved in stress, fear and arousal

     

    5. Neurochemistry and pharmacology of stress

     

    6. Chronic vs. acute stress

     

    7. Stress and neural plasticity

     

    8. Perinatal stress and development

     

    9. Stress and adolescence

     

    10. Stress and aging

     

    11. Animal models of stress

     

    12. Stress, sex and aggression

     

    13. Stress and reproduction in females

     

    14. Stress and learning

     

    15. Stress and PTSD

     

    16. Stress and addiction

     

    17. Stress and psychiatric disorders

     

    18. Stress and immunity

     

    19. Stress and health

     

    20. Coping with stress

     

    21. Therapies for stress

     

    Disabilities Statement:

     "The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.  For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY."

     

    PSY 341K • Stress-W

    43201 • Spring 2009
    Meets TTH 1100-1230pm SEA 2.108
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    Topics of contemporary interest that may vary from semester to semester. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309.

    PSY 383T • Prins: Systems/Behav Neurosci

    43300 • Spring 2009
    Meets TTH 330pm-500pm ENS 109
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    Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience. A proseminar covering the core material on essential topics in neuroscience from the molecular to the systems level. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 381D, Kinesiology 383T, Neuroscience 383T, Pharmacy 383T, Psychology 383T. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, and concurrent enrollment in Neuroscience 186.

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