What's stopping you from doing absolutely everything that your devious heart desires? The ability to flexibly control our behavior - particularly when it comes to rewarding things like food, sex, and drugs - has huge consequences for our long-term happiness and success. Though we are reasonably good at this as a species, dramatic individual differences in the capacity for self-control are readily apparent. In this class, we will examine the cognitive construct of self-control, its neurobiological underpinnings and sources of individual variation, and relationships to psychopathology.
Introduction to the study of psychological dysfunction. Focuses on abnormal behavior as it relates to the definition, etiology, and treatment of major forms of psychopathology, including depression, anxiety, phobias, PTSD, OCD, addiction, autism, schizophrenia, and psychopathy.