Neuroscience of College Life: Sleep and Stress
This course will examine the brain physiology of stress and sleep, the impact of these systems on everyday human behaviors and functions, and the impact of everyday human behaviors on sleep and stress. Sleep and stress interactions with physiological systems relevant to physical and mental health will be studied. We will look specifically at the interactions of nutrition, screen use, and studying (learning and memory) with both sleep and stress, and discuss their implications for both personal behavior and public policy. This course is designed for first year students: some emphasis will be placed on discussing the neuroscience of current research on stress management, sleep interventions, study techniques, and other issues affecting and affected by college life. Student projects will include reflective engagement on the course topics and the development of techniques to apply what is learned. This course can be paired with NEUR 105, NEUR 212, NEUR 265, NEUR 275 or NEUR 291 in order to satisfy the Natural Science distribution requirement. The course is a non-majors introductory course and has no prerequesites. Anyone who plans to major or concentrate in Neuroscience will need to take “Introduction to Neuroscience” (NEUR 212). Only open to first-year students.