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PSY 450: Introduction to Neuropsychology (Accelerated)

Course Description

This coursewill focus on neuropsychological disorders and treatment, including: the history of the science, disorders associated with hemispheric specialization, motor control problems, deficits in attention, language, memory, generalized cognitive disorders, and our current understanding of the relationship between brain plasticity and recovery of function. This course cannot be used toward Science concentrations. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • PSY 101: Psychology (Recommended)

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  1. Understand the scientific basis of neuropsychology.
  2. Describe how biology and neuroscience contribute to the field of neuropsychology.
  3. Know the basic anatomy of our central nervous system and be able to apply this knowledge to the notion that the abnormal functioning of this system leads to abnormal behavior.
  4. Know and be able to identify key regions of the brain and be able to apply this knowledge to understanding structure-function and (abnormal function) processing with regard to neuropsychological disorders.
  5. Understand and appreciate the relationship between motor control, executive processing, and behavior.
  6. Understand and describe the relationship between disorders of object recognition, spatial processing, and attention.
  7. Explain the relation between disorders of language and memory and what areas of the brain are involved in such disorders.
  8. Understand how the frontal lobes are involved with memory, emotion and executive functions.
  9. Be able to describe and explain brain plasticity during development and how such changes influence brain/behavior changes.
  10. Describe the developmental time course over a lifetime.
  11. Know brain regions involved in, and be able to differentiate between, progressive cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (25 Pts,/Week; 200 pts total)

20%

Quizzes  (10 Pts/Week; 80 points total)

8%

Written Assignments (40 pts/week; 320 pts total)

32%

Exam 1 (Week 3; 75 points)

7.5%

Midterm Exam (Week 6; 75 points)

7.5%

Paper Part 1 (Week 5; 50 points)

5%

Paper Part 2 (Week 8; 100 points)

10%

Final Exam (Week 8; 100 points total)

10%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)

  • Banich, Marie. Cognitive Neuroscience. 3rd ed. Wadsworth Publishing, 2011. ISBN-10: 0-8400-3298-6 or ISBN-13: 978-0-8400-3298-0

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1, 2

Topic: Introduction to Neuropsychology & How Neurons Communicate

  • Chapters 1 & 2 
  • Read assigned Chapters
  • Review the Lecture Materials
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Quiz.
  • Submit the Written Assignment

2

2, 3, 4

Topic: Methods & Hemispheric Specialization

  • Chapters 3 & 4
  • Read assigned Chapters
  • Review the Lecture Materials
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Quiz.
  • Submit the Written Assignment

3

4, 5

Topic: The Neuropsychology of Motor Control

  • Chapter 5 
  • Read assigned Chapter
  • Review the Lecture Materials
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Quiz.
  • Submit the Written Assignment
  • Take Exam 1

Exam 1
Chapters  1, 2, 3 & 4
SLOs 1, 2, and 3

4

4, 6

Topic: Early Perceptual Processing, Object Recognition, and Spatial Cognition

  • Chapters 6, 7, & 8
  • Read assigned Chapters
  • Review the Lecture Materials
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Quiz.
  • Submit the Written Assignment

5

4, 7, 8

Topic: The Neuropsychology of Language and Memory

  • Chapters 9 & 10
  • Read assigned Chapters
  • Review the Lecture Materials
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Quiz.
  • Submit the Written Assignment

6

4, 8

Topic: Attention, Executive Functions and the Frontal Lobes

  • Chapters 11 & 12
  • Read assigned Chapters
  • Review the Lecture Materials
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Quiz
  • Submit the Written Assignment
  • Take Exam 2

Exam 2
Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10
SLOs  4, 6, 7, 8

7

4, 9, 10

Topic: The Neuropsychology of Emotion and Brain Plasticity

  • Chapters 13 & 15
  • Read assigned Chapters
  • Review the Lecture Materials
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Quiz.
  • Submit the Written Assignment

8

3, 4, 11

Topic: General Cognitive Disorders

  • Chapters 14 & 16
  • Read assigned Chapter
  • Review the Lecture Materials
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Quiz
  • Submit the Written Assignment
  • Take Final Exam

Final Exam
Chapters 1 - 14
SLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11

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