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Introduction to Neuropsychology

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Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to the principles of neuropsychology, the study of brain-behavior relationships. The goal of this course will be to introduce the student to the role that specific brain regions and networks play in producing behavior. The course will focus on the tools neuropsychologists use to detect behavioral and cognitive deficits cause by brain dysfunction/injury.

A range of topics and concepts will be covered, including basics of testing in neuropsychological assessment, neuroanatomy, cognitive functions such as memory and attention, and diagnosis of common psychiatric and neurologic disorders. Each class will begin with a brief explanation of core concepts and then move into illustrative case examples which will include demonstration of testing materials, patient presentation of symptoms, and consideration of differential diagnoses to arrive at a final clinical outcome. We will expand on these case examples by providing an overview of how key cognitive functions such as attention and working memory play important roles in a range of psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, and addiction. The case examples utilized to teach the class will be drawn from the instructor's clinical experiences in neuropsychological assessment and research. Additionally, we will discuss settings in which clinical neuropsychologists work, and the training and preliminary work required to obtain this degree.

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  1. Understand the basic principles of neuroanatomy, cognitive functions, and assessment.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how these basic principles apply to neuropsychology and how they are used within the field to diagnose and provide treatment recommendations for a range of neurologic and psychiatric disorders. and
  3. Understand the role of a neuropsychology in multiple settings, including hospitals, schools and research.

A background in psychology and neurobiology would be helpful, but not required. Topics will be taught in a way that all students can grasp; real world examples will be given for every concept. Students enrolling in this course should be interested in biology, psychology, anatomy, or medicine.

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