Anthropology | Hormones and Human Behavior
B540 | 28102 | Muehlenbein
This course will review the roles of hormones in the evolution and
expression of animal behavior, particularly that of humans. Emphasis
will be placed on behaviors associated with aggression, stress,
mating, and parenting. The format for the course will be introductory
lectures given by myself on particular topics followed by group
discussions and student/guest presentations. Although the foci of this
course are based on evolutionary biology, readings are selected to
reflect the general interests of natural and social scientists alike.
This course is particularly relevant for students interested in human
health, particularly anthropology, biology, psychology, nursing, and
By the end of this course, students will be able to 1) demonstrate
knowledge of basic endocrine physiology, including functions of the
endocrine system and the various types of hormones, and 2) effectively
communicate to others (via written and oral presentation) the
regulatory effects of hormones on reproductive, affiliative and
agonistic behaviors, stress responses, and health-related outcomes.
Course format includes lecture and discussion. Grades are based on
attendance and participation in discussion, a review paper, two
take-home exams, and two short oral presentations.