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Fall 2011-2012
PSY 402 / NEU 402 (EC)   na, npdf

Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology: Case Studies in Cognitive Neuroscience

Sabine Kastner

Much of what we know about the brain systems underlying perception, attention, memory, and language was first derived from patients with brain lesions or other brain pathology. This course provides an introduction to major syndromes in clinical neuropsychology such as object agnosia (deficits in object recognition), amnesia, visuospatial hemineglect (attention deficits), aphasia (language deficits), and others through careful analysis of clinical cases and their underlying pathology.

Sample reading list:
Farah, MJ, Feinberg, TE (2006), Patient-Based Approaches to Cog. Neurosci. 2nd ed. MIT Press
Heilman, KM, Valenstein, E (2003), Clinical Neuropsychology. 4th ed. Oxford Univ. Press
Lezak, MD (2004), Neuropsychological Assessment. 4th ed. Oxford Univ. Press
Ogden, JA (2005), Fractured Minds. 2nd ed. Oxford Univ. Press
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings of original research and handbook articles (~50 pages on average, per week). Final paper in form of a clinical case analysis (20-30 pages).

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
An introductory neuroscience course, such as NEU/PSY 258 or NEU/PSY 259ab, or instructor's permission. Aimed at students with an interest in clinical psychology, pre-meds, and Neuroscience Program students with an interest in clinical applications..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20877 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Green Hall   0-S-9   Enrolled:23 Limit:30