Is human behavior a product of brain anatomy and physiology? Can psychology be considered as a biological discipline? What causes mental disorders? Why, despite the impressive advances in scientific knowledge in the post-genomic era, the development of treatments for mental illness remains such a challenge? Is a breakthrough possible in this area?

Ayla Arslan, the SAS professor, will answer these and other questions as part of the “Selected Topics in Biopsychology” online course.

The course will help listeners to better understand the various manifestations of mental states, and it will be a window to ourselves and other people around us. There will be special emphasis on depression, fear, psychopathy, and propensity to commit crimes.

Ayala Arslan is a molecular neuroscientist. Following her MS degree in Biotechnology at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2001, she was awarded the scholarship of German Research Foundation (DFG) by which she had the opportunity to pursue her doctorate (PhD) in molecular neuroscience at Heidelberg University, Germany. She is the editorial board member of Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, review editor of Frontiers in Neuroscience and at present, as Guest Editor, leading two special issues in Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE) and Journal of Integrative Neuroscience.

The course will be held online starting April 6 to 30, 2021. The language of instruction is English.

An introductory lecture devoted to biopsychology as neuroscience is already available on the SAS YouTube channel.

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