Duke University

NEUROSCI 366S: Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Seminar

Professor McHenry

Course Objective: To gain a multidimensional understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms of hormone-brain-behavior interactions through an examination of clinical and preclinical empirical research articles.

Course Topics: organizational and developmental effects of hormones; cellular/molecular and physiological regulation of hormone signaling; periphery-brain interactions, sex and species differences in social behaviors (courtship, mating, and pair bonding); neural circuits for parental behavior and aggression; stress neuroendocrine systems, hormones and human affective disorders including postpartum depression; and sex differences in autism spectrum disorders.

Course Format: as a designated seminar course, the structure of the course will focus on active discussion of reading assignments by all students. Student will take turns leading discussion on clinical and preclinical empirical data. This course also includes a “W” writing component. Students will engage in a semester-long iterative writing process on a research topic of their choice, related to behavioral neuroendocrinology.

Class field trip to the Duke Lemur Center!

Class field trip to the Duke Lemur Center!

Level: Junior and Senior Duke Undergraduates