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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPSY 6207
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Social Development
- Social Sciences
This course provides an overview of how biological systems affect our social processes and how our social processes affect our biological systems. The goals of the course are three-fold: 1) to provide an overview of biological systems, 2) to introduce the tools of social neuroscience, including electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and other physiological assessments, and 3) to give an overview of the current programs of research in social neuroscience, including impression formation, emotion/emotion regulation, the self/self-regulation, moral reasoning, empathy, and decision-making. At the end of the course students should be able: 1) to better understand when neuroscience can help us gain new insights into social behavior and when it cannot, 2) to better understand how biological systems implement social behavior, and 3) to discuss how social processes affect biological systems. The course will be interactive, involve weekly readings and lectures, and will culminate in a final grant style presentation and proposal for future research.