GE70CSect4Jessica - GE70C Seminar (section 4) Learning,...

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GE70C Seminar (section 4) Learning, Memory, Perception, & the Brain: A Neuropsychological Approach Jessica M. Walker “The almighty human brain: the only hunk of matter in the universe that can reflect upon its own existence.” --Me Course Objectives: In this class we will be adopting both a neuropsychological and an evolutionary approach to understanding how the human brain supports cognition and perception. First, we will examine case studies of the unique symptoms experienced by brain damaged populations, such as: amnesics (memory disorders), Parkinson’s patients (deficits in learning, especially motor), Alzheimer’s patients (deficits in memory, spatial orientation), aphasics (language deficits), and agnosics (object recognition deficits, limb neglect, phantom limb). This neuropsychological approach will allow us to see how we came to know that certain brain parts serve certain cognitive and perceptual functions in humans: by seeing what happens to people when those brain parts can no longer serve their functions. We will be supplementing the case study material with some general study of the functional brain anatomy of cognition and perception. Then, we will take an evolutionary turn and study the brains of different species (pigeon, cat, rat, primate, etc). We will make interspecies comparisons of brain parts and
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2010 for the course GE CLST 70C taught by Professor Fricsia during the Winter '10 term at UCLA.

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GE70CSect4Jessica - GE70C Seminar (section 4) Learning,...

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