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Brain and Behavior in Mental Disorders

East Baltimore
4th term
Mental Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Michelle C. Carlson, Ph.D.

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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. describe standard methods and terminology associated with neuropsychological assessment, along with developing experimental-clinical paradigms
  2. discuss the fundamental principles of studying brain-behavior relationships across a variety of settings
  3. 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.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Consent required of undergraduates.

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