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Syllabus: Neuropsychology, Spring 2011 1 NEUROPSYCHOLOGY 830:310 SPRING 2011 Instructor : Joanne Hash-Converse, Ph.D. Address : Room 420, Institute for Health Bldg. (behind College of Nursing), College Ave Campus Office Hours: by appointment only Contact Information : Phone: (848) 932 3105, ext. 21309 Email: Teaching Assistant : Sara Detrick Office Hours: Tues 10am-12pm Email: Course Description Neuropsychology is the study of brain-behavior relationships in which the focus is on the human brain. It is a branch of neuroscience that traditionally has relied more on clinical case studies as a source of information for identifying the functional significance of various regions of the brain. However, basic laboratory research using animal models has provided (and continues to provide) a wealth of information that has been extrapolated to human brain function. In recent years, the ascendance of cognitive neuroscience (a branch of cognitive science that correlates brain activity with normal psychological processes in healthy, unimpaired human subjects) has served to extend the domain of neuropsychological investigation. In essence, whether it's called neuropsychology, behavioral neurology, or cognitive neuroscience, the ultimate goal is prediction and understanding of what parts of the brain serve as the basic substrates for measureable ongoing behavior. And as such, this information serves to aid the diagnosis and treatment of many different behavioral disorders ranging from acquired or inherited deficits in language and cognition, to severe neuropsychiatric conditions such as Alzheimer’s dementia and schizophrenia. The course will provide the basis for appreciating the many different ways in which behavior has been related to specific regions of the human brain, and will cover basic neuroanatomy, neuropsychological testing, the newer methodologies used by cognitive neuroscience, such as neuroimaging, and proceed to a more detailed description of how the brain allows for the expression and processing of emotion, language, thought, and memory. Learning Goals After taking this course, students should be familiar with: 1. Methods for assessing normal and abnormal brain function at the structural and physiological level in human and non-human primates 2. Neuropsychological approaches to assessing the consequences of brain damage 3. The functional properties of the cerebral cortex in human and non-human primates 4. Functional differences between the left and right cerebral hemispheres 5. The relationship of neuropsychology to cognitive neuroscience approaches to understanding a. Sensation and Perception b. Goal-directed actions c. Attention d. Learning and memory e. Emotion f. Language 6. The neurocognitive basis of psychiatric disorders
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