BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR IN MENTAL DISORDERS Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- describe standard methods and terminology associated with neuropsychological assessment, along with developing experimental-clinical paradigms
- discuss the fundamental principles of studying brain-behavior relationships across a variety of settings
- think critically about the putative modularity of brain regions and systems
Course DescriptionExamines mental disorders to illustrate neurobiological systems involved in abnormalities of thinking, feeling, and acting. Increases understanding of behavioral disorders, their assessment, neuroanatomical underpinnings, and systemic influences. Themes include mind-brain connections (e.g. stress response, inflammation), and the dynamic balance between brain vulnerability (e.g. Down’s Syndrome) and brain plasticity (e.g. recovery from stroke). Reviews some of the most pervasive disorders, discussion (1) clinical and case studies, (2) definitions and diagnostic methods, and (3) epidemiologic evidence regarding etiology.
Intended AudienceThose with interest in understanding the neurobehavioral correlates of mental disorders.
Methods of AssessmentStudent evaluation will be based on class participation, critical appraisal of weekly readings, and a final examination.
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
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