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Psychology 103: Pleasure & Pain

  • 3 hr. 3 credits
  • No prerequisites

This PLAS course (NS) co-taught by the Provost and Dean of Research (and guest speakers) introduces the student to the psychological, philosophical, biological, neurochemical, and evolutionary facts, principles, and theories underlying the concepts of pleasure and pain. This includes evaluation of basic neuroscience and psychology of pleasure and pain systems related to homeostasis, addiction, neuroeconomics, wanting vs liking and empathy as well as psychopathological and neurological disorders. Guest speakers will amplify these basic mechanisms to philosophical, anthropological (evolutionary), economic and literary views.

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