10936 The Effect of Stress and Anxiety in Infancy on Adult Functioning: Research in Animals 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Psychology

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including Physiology of Behavior, Introduction to Statistics for Students of Social Sciences I, Introduction to Statistics for Students of Social Sciences II, Research Methods in Social Sciences: Guiding Principles and Research Styles and Research Experience, Regression Analysis and Analysis of Variance. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library. Enrollment is conditional on approval by the course coordinator.

The materials include a reader edited by Ravid Doron.

The course deals with new medications for the treatment of disorders caused by stress and anxiety that are the result of past experiences. It examines the physiological mechanism underlying stress and anxiety, and focuses on the effect of stressful situations on health as well as the mediating environmental and behavioral factors.

Structure: This is a year-long course. In the first semester, students report on recent empirical studies and in the second semester, they perform an empirical laboratory study that includes use of bio-psychological research instruments and research methods accepted in the field. The students are trained in laboratory techniques used with animals. Students who successfully complete the course will be licensed to work with rodents.

The course takes place in the research lab of the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo. Attendance at tutorial and lab sessions is mandatory.

1Students are required to write a seminar paper in this course.