Courses / Psychiatry / 3 units / PSYC 54N: Genes, Memes, and Behavior

Genes, Memes, and Behavior

3 units
June 26 - August 4, 2017
Section 1   T  2:30PM - 4:20PM
Section 2   TH  2:30PM - 4:20PM

Examines how natural selection operates to shape successful genes in the gene pool, how cultural selection operates to shape successful “memes” in the pool of cultural ideas, and how selection by consequences operates to shape successful behaviors in our repertoires. Topics include cases in which selection produces undesirable consequences (e.g. genetic mutations, cultural problems, and aberrant behaviors in children). Emphasis on understanding the role of modern natural science in complex behaviors and why study of human life from an interdisciplinary perspective is important.




  • Enrollment limited. Preference to rising Stanford freshmen and sophomores who haven’t had the opportunity to take an IntroSem previously.

  • Instructor is Scott Hall, Associate Professor with Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences).

  • This course follows a non-standard schedule. Please see the Summer Session Non-Standard Schedule Calendar for special deadlines.


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