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Brain and Behavior in Mental Disorders

East Baltimore
4th term
Mental Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Michelle C. Carlson, Ph.D.

Examines the onset and clinical symptoms of mental disorders over the life course of the developing and aging brain to illustrate neurobiological systems involved in thinking, feeling, and acting. Increases understanding of behavioral disorders, their assessment, neurobiological underpinnings, and systemic influences. Reviews some common disorders, discussion (1) clinical and case studies; (2) definitions and diagnostic methods; treatment, epidemiologic evidence regarding etiology, and (3)challenges to examining brain-behavior relationships across disorders.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe and learn concepts, test instruments, and methods used to understand the fundamental principles of brain-behavior relationships and how they break down
  2. Think critically about the onset of mental disorders across the life span in conjunction with brain developmental milestones
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 some students

Consent Note:

Consent required of undergraduates.

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