PSYCH 430 - Advanced Topics in Biopsychology
Section: 001 The Biopsychology of Sports
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
PSYCH 230 or PSYCH 335.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

This class uses sports to introduce and explore key topics in biopsychology. Competition is at the heart of both sports and natural selection, leading to many areas of overlap between sports and biological studies of behavior. For example, many hormone-behavior relationships apply to both animal behavior and sports. Testosterone can both cause changes in behavior and respond to behavior in animals. Testosterone (and similar steroid hormones) is also known to affect sports performance and respond to the outcome of competition (e.g., winning leads to temporary increases in testosterone). Likewise, stress hormones can both respond to competition and influence performance across domains.

Other topic pairs include:

  • home-field advantage and territoriality
  • sports analytics and measuring evolutionary fitness
  • gender differences and sex determination
  • superstition, streaks and statistical inference
  • brain injury (CTE) and the neurobiology of behavior.

Course Requirements:

Students will be graded based on participation, exams, a paper, and a poster presentation.

Intended Audience:

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Class Format:

This is a small class that will use some lecture to introduce concepts and then proceed to group discussions of the primary literature (journal articles).

PSYCH 430 - Advanced Topics in Biopsychology
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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