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330.623.01 BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR IN MENTAL DISORDERS

Department: Mental Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:
  • Michelle Carlson
Description:

Examines 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.

Learning Objective(s):
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

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation will be based on class participation, critical appraisal of weekly readings, and a final examination.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 3:30 - 4:50
  • Wednesday 3:30 - 4:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

Consent required of undergraduates.

For consent, contact: mcarlson@jhsph.edu
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail