SOW-DGCN33
Neurobiology of (Mal)adaptation
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-DGCN33
Credits (ECTS)6
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Cognitive Neuroscience;
Lecturer(s)
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Contactperson for the course
W.G.A. Derksen-Willemsen
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Examiner
prof. dr. G. Fernandez
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Coordinator
prof. dr. G. Fernandez
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Lecturer
prof. dr. G. Fernandez
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Lecturer
dr. M.J.A.G. Henckens
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Academic year2020
Period
SEM2  (25/01/2021 to 16/07/2021)
Starting block
SEM2
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
This course teaches how the brain and its physiology changes when individuals are challenged by environmental adversity. It covers neural mechanisms of adaptive and maladaptive plasticity; the latter one being critical for the pathophysiology of numerous psychiatric disorders.This course teaches how the brain and its physiology changes when individuals are challenged by environmental adversity. It covers neural mechanisms of adaptive and maladaptive plasticity; the latter one being critical for the pathophysiology of numerous psychiatric disorders.
 
Content
This course integrates animal models and human data disclosing adaptive and maladaptive responses to stressful events. Our course has five sections ranging from an introduction into (i) the molecular and anatomical pathways underlying the stress response, (ii) the basic behavioural response repertoire like fear conditioning, freezing, and fight/flight, over (iii) gene and gene-by-environment interactions relevant for (interindividual differences) of the stress response to human data into (iv) fundamentally adaptive responses to threat and (v) maladaptive consequences of stress leading to the most important psychiatric disorders like major depression and anxiety disorders.

This course has a total of 12 lectures, 90-minutes, a well prepared seminar and three reading assignments.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics
For the final exam, students are supposed to answer questions by short written essays.
 
Recommended materials
Articles
Specific material (slides and articles) will be provided on Brightspace.

Instructional modes
Assignment
Attendance MandatoryYes

Remark
These assignments require reading selected review articles and a few original articles.

Lab visits
Attendance MandatoryYes

Remark
There is a non-compulsory animal lab visit.

Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Remark
Students will be scheduled to prepare, review and discuss the papers in detail in the course.

Question & Answer session
Attendance MandatoryYes

Remark
There is a Question & Answer session and the final exam.

Resit
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Final grade
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock HER, Block SEM2

Remark
NOTE: enrollment for a course automatically registers you for its exam. For participating in the retake, register again.