Middlebury

NSCI 0418

Psychobio & Sex Diff: Critique

Psychobiology and Sex Differences: Exploration and Critique
Men and women differ reproductively, in hormonal patterns, in average height, and in muscle mass. Biology is accepted as influencing these differences. Do biological contributions stop at the neck? Or might biology also contribute to neural and behavioral development in human as well as nonhuman species? We will examine evidence both for and against relationships between psychobiological factors (such as hormones and chromosomes) and sex/gender differences in behavior and psychological states (such as play behavior, cognition, sexual orientation, stress, addiction, and psychological disorders). Further, we will consider potential perils of such investigations, and additionally, will explore relationships between social/experiential factors and sex/gender differences as these may provide alternative, sometimes stronger, explanations. (PSYC 0105 and PSYC 0201; Open to junior and senior neuroscience and psychology majors only, others by waiver) 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
Neuroscience
Department:
Prog in Neuroscience
Division:
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
PSYC 0418 *

Sections

Fall 2019

NSCI0418A-F19 Seminar (Collaer)