Courses

504A: Human Brain and Behavior Relationships (Graduate)

This course covers fundamental topics in human neuropsychology for graduate students who are interested in clinical neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. Topics include perception, attention, motor control, learning and memory, language, executive functions, emotion and social functions, and cultural neuropsychology. These topics will be reviewed from a comprehensive cognitive neuroscience perspective, incorporating both neuropsychological and neuroimaging findings. Classroom lectures and discussions use empirical and clinical case materials.


694D: Clinical Neuropsychology Practicum (Graduate)

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 (Undergraduate)

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.


Psy425: Get Real: Cognition Applied to You and Current Topics (Undergraduate)

Cognition collectively refers to a variety of higher mental processes that you use on a daily basis to think, perceive, remember, plan, and act. Cognition is central to your identity and provides you with incredible freedom of thought, allowing you to “mentally time travel” into the past and the future, to think creatively and problem solve, to select what you attend to and alter how you perceive your environment, to create language, and to place yourself in “another person’s shoes.” The goal of this course is to provide you with a deeper understanding of how some of these higher mental processes work, and how they are prone to errors. This course will focus on real world examples of cognition at work. This will include cognitive demands of daily experience, such as focusing attention on a lecture and remembering to follow through with future plans. We also will discuss cognition in relation to hot topics and current events, including fake news, eyewitness testimony, return to play decisions in sports, substance use, and Alzheimer’s disease. Through this course you will acquire knowledge that you can apply to your everyday life, and you will be better prepared for your future career and life challenges that can affect cognition.