Restricted to PSYC majors and NEUR majors.
Multidisciplinary exploration of the current state of our scientific understanding of emotional states and traits, their biological roots, and their relevance to psychiatric disease, with a major focus on anxiety disorders, depression, and addiction. We will cover foundational knowledge in neuroscience and genetics, strengths and weaknesses of popular methods, classic and cutting-edge empirical work, and ongoing conceptual debates. We will discuss crucial discrepancies between the ways in which scientists, laypeople, and Hollywood conceptualize emotions. In addition to human neuroimaging and genomic-association studies, we will explore biological research that affords causal insights, including animal models, acute pharmacological challenges, neurofeedback, brain stimulation, and case studies of patients with circumscribed neural insults.