Psychology

Nature and Nurture of Mental Health

Module code: C8896
Level 6
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module introduces you to the research of nature and nurture of mental health, a highly interdisciplinary and fast-moving field.

You learn key principles as well as historical aspects of research of nature and nurture of mental health. You also explore more recent developments in this field, focusing on a broad range of mental health phenotypes across the life span.

For example, you have the opportunity to learn about nature and nurture of neurodevelopmental psychopathology (e.g. autism), common mental health problems (e.g. depression, anxiety), and mental ageing (e.g. dementia).

You also discuss ethical issues related to genetically informative human and animal studies of mental health.

Module learning outcomes

  • Appreciate the role of nature and nurture in the aetiology of mental health;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with genetically-informative research methods and contemporary research of nature-nurture co-action in mental health;
  • Discuss ethical issues of studying nature and nurture of mental health in humans and animals;
  • Communicate knowledge of key concepts and developments in research of nature and nurture in mental health both orally and in written form.