Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Courses

Lower-Division Courses

19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars. (1) Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

79. Applied Positive Neuroscience: Skills for Improving Productivity and Wellbeing. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Not open to students with credit for Community Health Sciences 179. Intrapersonal, interpersonal, and extrapersonal contributions to wellbeing, and how activity and chemistry of key brain regions contribute to each, e.g. influences of mindfulness on prefrontal cortex activity, or how oxytocin system is altered by social interaction. Students learn to recognize relationship between cognitive, social, and emotional competence for healthy development, and how to apply it to their own lives. Through neuroscientific context, introduction to multidisciplinary perspectives on variety of topics that are widely considered significant maturational tasks for young adults, including emotion regulation, managing social relationships, enhancing productivity, and identity development. Letter grading.

99. Student Research Program. (1 to 2) Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.

Upper-Division Courses

174. Brain and Behavioral Health: Childhood and Adolescence. (4) Seminar, two and one half hours. Limited to junior/senior psychology or neuroscience majors. Integration of problem-based learning approach to teach foundational information about application of brain and behavioral science to understanding and promotion of child and adolescent mental health. Exploration of integration of developmental psychopathology, applied treatment research, and public policy to identify and dismantle barriers to problems. Focus on set of key topics (e.g., autism, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders) during childhood and adolescence. Research of childhood and adolescent mental health and public policy literature. Guest facilitators with expertise complement study of emerging treatment advances, applications, and barriers. Letter grading.

175. Mindfulness Practice and Theory. (4) Seminar, five hours. Designed for beginners; prior experience with meditation not required. Introduction to mindfulness, including basic mindfulness meditation practices, both sitting and moving, ways to deepen positive emotions like gratitude, kindness, and joy, and methods for integrating more awareness and creativity into ordinary activities. Examination of varying meditative traditions as well as emerging science on beneficial effects of mindfulness practice for mental and physical health. Beneficial effects include reduced stress, improved attention, reduced emotional reactivity, and greater mind-body awareness. Learning and development of practical skills of relational mindfulness in interactions with others. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

M180. Contemporary Problems in Developmental Disabilities. (4) (Same as Psychology M180.) Seminar, three hours. Corequisite: course M181A. Limited to Developmental Disabilities Program students. Examination of broad spectrum of issues related to mental retardation, intelligence and IQ, genetics, neurobiology, and other developmental disabilities. P/NP or letter grading.

M181. Biological Bases of Psychiatric Disorders. (4) (Same as Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology M181, Neuroscience M130, Physiological Science M181, and Psychology M117J.) Lecture, three hours. Requisite: Neuroscience M101A (or Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology M175A or Physiological Science M180A or Psychology M117A) or Physiological Science 111A or Psychology 115. Underlying brain systems involved in psychiatric symptoms and neurological disorders, including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder. Provides basic understanding of brain dysfunctions that contribute to disorders and rationales for pharmacological treatments. P/NP or letter grading.

M181A. Research in Contemporary Problems in Developmental Disabilities. (4) (Same as Psychology M181A.) Lecture, one hour; laboratory, eight hours. Corequisite: course M180. Limited to Developmental Disabilities Program students. Research experience. In Progress grading (credit to be given only on completion of course M181B).

M181B. Research in Contemporary Problems in Developmental Disabilities. (4) (Same as Psychology M181B.) Lecture, one hour; laboratory, eight hours. Requisite: course M181A. Limited to Developmental Disabilities Program students. Research experience. Letter grading.

M182. Personal Brain Management. (4) (Formerly numbered 182.) (Same as Neuroscience M161.) Seminar, four hours. Basic overview of brain function and consideration of some management methods that exist already, and what future may hold. New methods for predicting our own futures and modeling what if scenarios that might alter risks and benefits of different courses of action, based on individual genetic background and other elements of personal history and environmental exposures. Introduction to key principles from science of behavior change, illustrating how important health-related behavioral habits are and how difficult these can be to change and why. Coverage of series of topics that center on personal enhancement of well-being through consideration of stress management, long-term goal and value identification, mapping of long-term goals onto immediate actions, reinforcement learning, meditation, neurofeedback, and time management. Critical appraisal of tools to help students distinguish scientifically validated procedures. Offered in summer only. Letter grading.

197. Individual Studies in Psychiatry. (2 to 4) Tutorial, four hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Individual intensive study, with scheduled meetings to be arranged between faculty member and student. Assigned reading and tangible evidence of mastery of subject matter required. May be taken for letter grade once only. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. Additional information and contract forms are available in Office of Education, 38-216 Semel Institute. P/NP or letter grading.

199. Directed Research in Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. (2 to 8) Tutorial, two hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Supervised individual research or investigation under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.