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PSY295 Week 1 January 5 and 7 2010

PSY295 Week 1 January 5 and 7 2010 - Psychology 295...

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Psychology 295: Introduction to Neuropsychology Melissa Holmes, PhD Spring 2010
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Course Overview When: Tuesdays 9:00am – 10:00am Thursdays 9:00am – 11:00am Where: South Building 2074 What: Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology, 6th edition (Kolb & Whishaw)
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Who: s Melissa Holmes, PhD s CCT 4008 (Thursdays 2:00pm-3:30pm) s 905-828-3956 s [email protected] (only use utoronto account / response within one week) s TAs: s Kathleen Wonch ([email protected]) s Zihui Lu ([email protected]) s Shannon Fernando ([email protected])
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Evaluation Term test 1 (20%) on February 2 (Lectures 1-4; Chapters 1-6) Term test 2 (20%) on March 9 (Lectures 5-8; Chapters 7, 8, 9, 11, & 12) Final exam (40%) during exam period (details TBA) (Cumulative: Lectures 1-12; Chapters 1-9 and 11-16) Written assignment (20%) due March 25
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Test format All tests will include both multiple choice and short answer questions You will be told the value of each question on the exam For short answer questions, you will be told whether point form or full sentences are expected
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Written Assignment A 5 page (double spaced) paper on a single case study presented in the text or lecture What have we learned from this person? Must be APA format & must attach a primary article to your paper Mark will be based on a) writing style and organization; b) quality and clarity of thought; and c) understanding of relevant course material
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This Week: Lecture 1:Development of Neuropsychology and Origins of the Human Brain and Behaviour (Chapters 1 & 2)
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What is Neuropsychology ? Neuropsychology Scientific study of the relationship between behavior and the brain Draws from many disciplines, including anatomy, biology, pharmacology, and philosophy Experimental results from neuropsychological investigations can be used to identify traumatic brain injury impairments
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Portrait: Traumatic Brain Injury L.D. Fell down five flights of stairs CT Scan revealed bleeding on the right and left sides of his brain Neuropsychological testing found impaired scores for memory and attention L.D. reported difficulties in multitasking, easy frustration and annoyance, inability to smell and taste, and decreased interest in socialization
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What is Neuropsychology ? Two ideas that influence experimental and theoretical investigations of brain function The Brain Hypothesis The brain is the source of behavior The Neuron Hypothesis The unit of brain structure and function is the neuron
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The Brain Hypothesis What is the brain? Brain = Old English word for tissue in skull Composed of two symmetrical hemispheres, the right hemisphere and the left hemisphere Hemispheres are connected by commissures, the largest is the corpus callosum Inner hollow tube filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) Outer layer of wrinkled tissue known as cerebral cortex
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The Human Brain Obj100 Cortex is divided into four lobes: frontal, temporal, parietal, & occipital Gyri are the folds of the cortex and sulci are the creases (deep ones are called fissures)
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