UC San Diego Global Seminars: Parma - Social Cognition and Drugs in Italy

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  • Location(s): Parma, Italy
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad
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An Italian Perspective on Drugs and the Self-Regulation of Social Behavior will explore the relationship between drugs, the brain, mind, and culture, in this case US and Italian culture. We will examine how psychoactive drugs affect human social b... read more

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I gained a generous amount of maturity as well as open-mindedness from this study abroad experience! - University of California - Irvine View Entire Review
Past Review Worth It
It was my first time out of the country so I had no idea what to expect. But I learned that going to another country is in itself a learning experience, even though I did go there to take classes, I think the thing I took out of this experience the most were the friends I made and the different places I was fortunate to go to. - University of California - San Diego / UCSD View Entire Review
January 12, 2018 A Fun Summer In Parma
Living somewhere new, yes - University of California - San Diego / UCSD View Entire Review

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An Italian Perspective on Drugs and the Self-Regulation of Social Behavior will explore the relationship between drugs, the brain, mind, and culture, in this case US and Italian culture. We will examine how psychoactive drugs affect human social behavior, from phenomena as small and transient as chemical binding at brain receptors, and as broad and ongoing as drug use through history. You will learn about the bio-, psycho-, and sociological perspectives on drug use and addiction; how neurotransmitter systems mediate drug effects; the role of personal expectations, cultural context, and cognitive factors in drug influences; the role of science, business, politics, and media in the history of drug policy; and profiles on some of the most commonly used and abused drugs.

This will be accompanied by an exploration of the neural origins of human social behavior and the scientific revolution in our understanding sparked by the discovery of mirror neurons by scientists in Parma, Italy. We will examine the neuroanatomy, physiology, and functional correlates of the human mirror neuron system and its putative role in social cognition, e.g., action understanding, empathy, and theory of mind. We will explore the implications of mirroring mechanisms and embodied simulation for empathetic responses to works of visual art. Together, students should gain a broad understanding of cultural perspectives on drugs, their use, and the effect they have on the mechanisms of self-regulation of social behaviors, including esthetic experiences.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Cognitive Science
Minimum GPA:
2.0
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