Denmark: Neuroscience of Fear
Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies
Instructor: Ana Estevez and James Wallace
Dates: May 24 - June 14
Costs: Cost: $4,800 + airfare
Listing: NRSCI 247
Units: 1 SLU Unit/3.6 Credits
Course Description: Brain structures that control the fear response are shared across humans, mammals, birds, and reptiles. These structures have been evolutionally preserved because fear helps to protect us from danger, injury, and death. Though the dangers of modern society differ substantially from those of our ancient past, aspects of our primal fear instincts remain. Are such emotions merely intrusions from another time or do they still have a function in our consciousness today? With a focus on the fear response, we will examine the evolutionary aspects of emotions, how they are displayed in infancy, develop over time, and tie into decision-making in our everyday lives. We will examine this issue from a multidisciplinary perspective, synthesizing recent work from the fields of biology, developmental psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy.