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BS3019 Neuropsychology of Stress and Resilience

Course Coordinator: Assistant Professor Rupshi MITRA (email: RMitra@ntu.edu.sg )

Academic Unit: 3 AU

Availability: Semester 2

Pre-requisite: None

Course Type: BS-Major-PE, BMS-Major-PE

Language of instruction: English

Teaching hours:Lectures: 26 hours; Tutorials: 13 hours

Learning Objective: Through this course, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of neural basis of stress-related behavior and ensuing neuropsychological disorders. This course will also delineate biological pathways that underlie stress-coping/resilience. At the end students will appreciate and apply own potential of resilience in relevant daily-life situations.

Content:
  1. Stress response: evolution and adaptive edge
  2. Physiological response and brain pathways
  3. Stress and resilience: two sides of a coin!!
  4. Stress disorders, Resilient lives….from insects to humans
  5. Potential harnessing of individual’s own resilience.
Learning Outcome: 
  •  Students will know the neurobiological pathways of stress and resilience (both general physiology and brain mechanisms).
  • Students will be able to understand how damage in brain leads to compromise in behavior
  • Students will be able to predict ways to prevent neuropsychological disorders based on detailed insight of brain mechanisms.
 
Required Textbooks:
  1. Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: Robert Sapolsky
  2. Neuroscience: Dale Purves, Augustine
  3. Lecture Notes
  4. Published Literature
*Prerequisites for Incoming Exchange Students: Equivalent of Year 2 or Higher Biology or Biotechnology Major