This course provides an overview of 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.
Counts toward fulfillment of Natural Science General Education requirement. Cannot be used toward Science concentrations.
- PSY 101: Psychology
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:
- Understand the scientific basis of neuropsychology.
- Describe how biology and neuroscience contribute to the field of neuropsychology.
- 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.
- 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.
- Understand and appreciate the relationship between motor control, executive processing, and behavior.
- Understand and describe the relationship between disorders of object recognition, spatial processing, and attention.
- Explain the relation between disorders of language and memory and what areas of the brain are involved in such disorders.
- Understand how the frontal lobes are involved with memory, emotion and executive functions.
- Be able to describe and explain brain plasticity during development and how such changes influence brain/behavior changes.
- Describe the developmental time course over a lifetime.
- 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
Discussions (25 Pts,/Week; 200 pts total)
Quizzes (10 Pts/Week; 80 points total)
Written Assignments (40 pts/week; 320 pts total)
Exam 1 (Week 3; 75 points)
Midterm Exam (Week 6; 75 points)
Paper Part 1 (Week 5; 50 points)
Paper Part 2 (Week 8; 100 points)
Final Exam (Week 8; 100 points total)
(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
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Introduction to Neuropsychology & How Neurons Communicate
2, 3, 4
Topic: Methods & Hemispheric Specialization
Topic: The Neuropsychology of Motor Control
Topic: Early Perceptual Processing, Object Recognition, and Spatial Cognition
4, 7, 8
Topic: The Neuropsychology of Language and Memory
Topic: Attention, Executive Functions and the Frontal Lobes
4, 9, 10
Topic: The Neuropsychology of Emotion and Brain Plasticity
3, 4, 11
Topic: General Cognitive Disorders
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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