GENES, MIND AND SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

Second cycle degree in SOCIAL, WORK AND COMMUNICATION PSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2017)

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: ANDREA-SIGFRIDO CAMPERIO CIANI

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic notion of Genetics and Biology, however all basic concepts will be discussed in the first lessons.
Examination methods: We offer two different modes of evaluation the first only for students attending all lessons that will be a presentation in Power point on a subject agreed with the student, and a subsequent paper relative to the presentation. The other mode will be a written exam followed by an oral one during the conventional exam session (the first modality depends of course on the number of attending students).
Course unit contents: Introduction to genetic basic concepts
an interdisciplinary approach between biology genetics epigenetics behavioral sciences statistics and psychology.
Facing the "nature vs nurture" debate and discussing criticisms the reductionist paradigm in behavioral sciences.


1) what is behavioral genetics, with examples on animal models: artificial selection and exploring techniques in human behavioral genetics:
twin studies
family studies and pedigree analysis
Gene mapping
other methods: Knok out, QLT molecular methods
how to identify genes influencing behavior
the effect of genes and environment in the development of behavior

2)The genetic and environmental contribution to human social behavior, quantitative analysis:
Cognitive abilities and disabilities
personality
sexual orientation
temperament
aggressive behavior
3) aspects of evolutionary psychopathology
the role of genes and environment in the study of:
mood disorders
schizophrenia
personality disorders
deviant social behavior
obsessive compulsive disorders etc.

Genetic hypothesis and adaptive value in forensic relevant behavior:
infanticide
familicide
femalicide
sexual crimes
pedophilia
and other cases to be expolred from time to time.