The Neuroscience of Social Relationships

Course Code
PSYC 5326
James Coan

This seminar course challenges students to understand the way natural selection has shaped the human brain and body to be fundamentally social. We will grapple with the implications of our social nature for health, well being, and policy, appreciate how different forces and time scales——from genetic evolution to the circumstances of any ordinary day——influence the function of simple acts like handholding, and we'll learn about neuroscientific mechanisms, levels of analysis, and research designs.