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Anthony Rauhut

Professor of Psychology (2002)

Contact Information

rauhuta@dickinson.edu

Kaufman Hall Room 173
717-245-1079
http://users.dickinson.edu/~rauhuta/rauhut/

Bio

Professor Rauhut's program of research involves using animal models to understand the behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms underlying the comorbidity of depression and drug dependence.

Education

  • B.A., St. Louis University, 1993
  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1999

2023-2024 Academic Year

Fall 2023

PSYC 210 Analysis of Psychological Data
Permission of Instructor Required. Completion of both PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 fulfills the WID Requirement.

PSYC 480 Seminar in Advanced Topics
Permission of Instructor Required.Is clinical depression a brain disease? Do clinically depressed individuals suffer from a “chemical imbalance”? Is clinical depression best treated with antidepressant medications? For better-or-worse, modern psychiatry has answered “yes” to these questions. Yet, is this the “correct” answer? Is conceptualizing mental illnesses such as clinical depression and drug addiction as brain diseases correct and are biologically-focused therapies the best strategy in the treatment of mental illness? Clinical Neuroscience is a new and exciting subfield of neuroscience, one that focuses on the understanding of mental illness from a neurobiological perspective. In this course, we will review mental illness from a neurobiological perspective, focusing on how modern neuroscientific research has helped inform us about the etiology, prognosis and treatment of mental illness. Along the way, we discuss “other” perspectives (popular and first-person) on mental illness and how these other, non-scientific perspectives contribute to our understanding (or misunderstanding) of mental illnesses. We too will critically evaluate the neuroscientific perspective, discussing the limitations and problems associated with this approach to the understanding of mental illness. Finally, modern neuroscience has given way (and continues to give way) to new technologies (brain scans, designer drugs, etc.) for use in clinical as well as non-clinical settings. While the emergence of these new technologies has provided benefits to society, their use also raises ethical questions. For example, should medical drugs (e.g., Ritalin) be used/prescribed for non-medical reasons? In this course, we will discuss some ethical considerations that stem from the development of neuroscientifically-based technologies.

NRSC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

Spring 2024

PSYC 315 Rsch Meth in Behav Pharmacolgy
Behavioral pharmacology is a subdiscipline of pharmacology interested in the physiological and behavioral mechanisms by which drugs operate, encompassing how drugs influence behavior as well as how behavioral factors influence the actions of drugs. Standard experimental methodologies employed by behavioral pharmacologists to study the effects of drugs on behavior will be reviewed. Topics such as the behavioral analysis of drug effects, basic principles of pharmacology, and research ethics will be discussed. In this intensive lab course, students will conduct original, hands-on animal experiments throughout the semester. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: PSYC 110, 125, 130 or 165, PSYC 210 & 211; OR BIOL 132, PSYC 125 and NRSC 200.

NRSC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

PSYC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch