Courses

504A: Human Brain and Behavior Relationships

This course is an introduction to basic topics in human neuropsychology for graduate students who are interested in clinical neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. This course covers principles, theories, and cognitive processes that are central to the study and practice of neuropsychology. Major topics include motor control, language, visuospatial cognition, learning and memory, executive functions, emotion, attention, and social cognition. These topics are reviewed from a neuropsychological perspective and therefore emphasize findings from research on neuropsychological populations and implications for neuropsychological intervention. Classroom lectures and discussions use empirical and clinical case materials.


694D: Clinical Neuropsychology Practicum

This course provides advanced instruction and experience in clinical neuropsychological assessment and consultation. Students receive exposure to a range of neuropsychological assessment problems and instruments, through both case presentations and direct clinical assessment experience. Patients representing a wide age range, from childhood to older adulthood, and the spectrum of educational, occupational, language of origin, ethnic and cultural diversity that characterizes the Southern Arizona region, are seen in this practicum.  Students also gain exposure to the interpretation of neurological examination results; to neuroradiologic (particularly CT, MRI, and SPECT) imaging; to EEG; and to psychopharmacologic considerations in managing patients with neurobehavioral syndromes. Ethical issues are examined in the presentation of every assessment discussed in the practicum. The practicum utilizes the clinical facilities of the Memory Disorders Clinic, the Behavioral Neurology Clinic, The Pediatric Clinic, and the Comprehensive Epilepsy Evaluation and Treatment Clinic of the University Medical Center.

 

Psy300: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience: Mind and Brain

This course is, in essence, a user guide to your brain. How do you store a lifetime of memories, make difficult decisions, and understand and generate language? What factors drive how you perceive the world and engage in a wide range of motor actions from taking a single step to dancing? What enables you to feel emotions and understand what others are thinking? The main objective of this course is for you to advance your knowledge of how the brain supports these cognitive abilities and others. Major topics will include sensation and perception, motor control, attention, learning and memory, language, executive functions, and social cognition. To cover these topics, you will be exposed to multiple methods for studying the brain, including a variety of modern brain imaging techniques as well as examination of individuals with brain lesions.