Disciplines/fields: Neuroscience, Psychology

Duration: 4 sessions

Course Content

Dynamic organization and reorganization of brain structure and function happens on many different levels. On the one hand, evolutionary processes shape species specific brain structure, transforming brains in the long term. On the other hand, brain function on the individual level can be modulated in short term by a number of factors, e.g. hormones. Both perspectives will be discussed in the course.

The course is tentatively ordered into the following 4 sessions:

  1. Evolutionary psychology
  2. The evolutionary psychology of emotions and fear
  3. The dynamic neural representation of the self
  4. Hormones and the brain


John Pinel (2013). Biopsychology. Pearson.


Sebastian Ocklenburg is post-doc in the Biopsychology lab at the Ruhr-University Bochum. With a background in psychology and neuroscience he worked in the Bergen fMRI Group in Norway before working Bochum. His main research interest is the ontogenesis of hemispheric asymmetries, a topic he investigates with behavioural, electrophysiological neuroimaging and genetic techniques.