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PSYCHOBIOLOGY OF STRESS AND BODILY DISEASE PSYCHOLOGY 119E (328-376-130) Tues., Thurs. 10:45-12:50 Franz Hall 3534 Summer Session C 2008 Instructor: Teaching Assistant: Professor Carlos V. Grijalva Maria Jalbrzikowski Office: 8641 Franz Hall Office: 3264 Franz Hall Phone: (310) 825-8277 E-Mail: [email protected] Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Tues., 1:00-2:00 p.m., and by appointment Office Hours: Tues., 4:00-5:00 p.m., Thurs. 9:30-10:30 a.m., and by appointment Required Books: Robert M. Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, 3rd Edition. Owl Books, 2004. ISBN: 0-8050-7369-8. *There is a Notes section at the end of the book that contains additional interesting and useful information pertaining to each chapter. I encourage you to read the notes. William R. Lovallo, Stress and Health: Biological and Psychological Interactions. 2nd Edition. Sage Publications, 2005. ISBN: 13 978-1-4129-0478-0 *There will also be additional materials posted on the course webpage. General Information: "The Psychobiology of Stress and Bodily Disease" is an introductory course that focuses on psychobiological processes in animals and humans as they pertain to the development of stress responses and disease states. This course will review basic concepts and models of stress as well as the physiological processes and brain and hormonal mechanisms implicated in stress responses and specific bodily diseases. In addition, other stress-related topics including, behavioral, psychological, and pharmacological variables involved in stress will be considered. The course will be lecture format although discuss is welcome and encouraged. During the session we will cover specific topics related to the weekly reading assignments. In order to get the most out of lecture you should do your readings for a particular week prior to class. Thesetopics include the history and concepts of stress, models of stress, the autonomic, endocrine and immune systems as mediators of stress, emotion and stress, and how stressful experiences might be related to certain illnesses and diseases. Getting the most out of the class: Come to class prepared! In order to get the most out of the class I strongly recommend that you do your reading from the books before each lecture. I will be posting my lecture slides in PDF format on the course webpage under "Course Materials" for you to view or download. Print the lecture slides and bring your copy to class, this way you will be able to follow the lecture and make additional notes on the copies. Also, if you are confused about any of the material please feel free to ask questions in class or visit us during office hours. Regular attendance is highly encouraged!! (Although lecture slides will be posted before each lecture, this is NOT an on-line course) Course Webpage address: http://courses.psych.ucla.edu/ Exams and Grading: During this 6 week course we will be covering specific topics related to the weekly reading assignments. There will be two regular exams based on the readings and lecture. The exams may include multiple choice, true-false, and fill-in questions, as well as short answer questions. Grades in the course will be based according to the following breakdown: Exam 1 (60 points, 50%) Exam 2 (60 points, 50%) Total: (120 points, 100%) Your final grade will be based on the total number of points on the two exams and grades will be assigned according to the curve for the class. Make-up Exams: I do not give makeup exams. If you miss an exam it will severely affect your grade and in all likelihood, will cause you to fail the course given that each exam counts as 50% of your grade. If you miss an exam due to illness you will need contact me immediately and you will need to present a valid excuse slip from a physician upon your return to class. If you anticipate a conflict with an exam date for any other reason, you will need to see me right away to discuss your circumstance.CLASS SCHEDULE: Dates of Lecture Topics, Reading Assignments, and Exams Week Date Day Topic 1 Aug 5 Tues. History and Concepts of Stress Sapolsky, Chapter 1; Lovallo, Chapters 1, 2, 3 1 Aug 7 Thurs. History and Concepts of Stress (contd.) 2 Aug 12 Tues. Physiological Mediators of Stress: Autonomic and Hormonal Sapolsky, Chapter. 2; Lovallo, Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7,11 2 Aug 14 Thurs. Physiological Mediators of Stress: Autonomic and Hormonal (contd.) 3 Aug 19 Tues. Cardiovascular Disorders Sapolsky, Chapter 3 Metabolism and Gastrointestinal Disorders Sapolsky, Chapters 4, 5 3 Aug 21 Thurs. Review Session (Exam 1) 4 Aug 26 Tues. Exam 1 4 Aug 28 Thurs. Physiological Mediators of Stress: Immune System Sapolsky, Chapter 8; Lovallo, Chapter 8 5 Sept 2 Tues. Stress and Memory, Sources of Stress Sapolsky, Chapters, 10, 12, 13; Lovallo, Chapters 9, 10 5 Sept 4 Thurs. Stress and Depression Sapolsky, Chapter 14 6 Sept 9 Tues. Sources and Moderators of Stress: Sapolsky, Chapters 15, 17, 18; Lovallo, Chapter 12 6 Sept 11 Thurs. Exam


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