Bachelor courses | Year 2
Genes and Environment Interplay
Bachelor Program: Psychology, Year 2
Course coordinator: Dr. B. Sauce Silva
Brief description: During this course the importance of genetic and environmental interaction for behavior and disease is discussed. An overview of the state of affairs regarding the genetics of behaviour and psychiatric disorders is provided. Attention is given to the implications for the different fields of psychology, such as developmental psychology, social psychology and clinical psychology. The different types of human genomic research such as epigenetics and association research are presented.
More information: https://studiegids.vu.nl/en/Bachelor/2022-2023/psychology/P_BSAGEOM
Behaviour genetics in psychology
Bachelor Program: University minor; Psychology and the Brain, Year 2
Course coordinator: Dr. E. van Bergen
Brief description: Behaviour genetics is the field that uses genetic methods to investigate why certain traits run within families. Family members may be alike in personality, behaviour, cognition, psychological health and lifestyle because they share their home environment but also because they are genetically related to each other. This course will focus on the influence of genes and the environment, and their interplay, on individual differences between people. Various research methods applied in behaviour genetics will be discussed, including animal studies, twin and family studies and genome-wide association studies.
Nature versus Nature
Bachelor Program: University minor; Brain and Mind, Year 2
Course coordinator: Dr. R.M. Brouwer
Humans vary in their behavior and in their propensity to disease. In the Nature vs. Nurture course, the influence of genes and of environmental factors on individual differences in human behavior will be discussed. The course starts with an historical overview of the nature-versus-nurture debate, and describes how twin- and family studies paved the way for current genetic research. The course specifically focuses on the rapid developments in the field of complex trait genetics, that allow researchers to search the entire genome for parts of the DNA that are predictive of human behavior and disease. We will discuss recent large-scale gene-finding studies and discuss how these translate to state-of-the-art neuroscience research, and how they inspire studies on personalized treatments in medical practice. In addition, ethical aspects of current genetic research will be discussed.
More information: https://studiegids.vu.nl/en/Minor/2022-2023/brain-and-mind/AB_1057