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Course Coordinator and Team: Anoop Kumar Koileri (Karampura Campus)&NeetuRana(Kashmere Gate Campus)
Email of course coordinator: anoopkoileri[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in , neeturana[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
This course is imparted with the goal of introducing students to the theory and practice of Neuropsychology. This subject is a specialized subfield of Clinical Psychology and aims to assess and interpret the relationship between nervous system function, cognition, emotion and behaviour; and to apply this knowledge to the design of individualized psychological initiatives. The course helps an aspiring student of psychology to comprehend the objective physiological basis underlying all complex human behaviours and promotes rational use of theories and practices in the field of psychology for betterment of human life.
Whereas classical psychology is largely focused on mental processes underlying behaviour, and classical neurology focuses on the pathology of the nervous system, neuropsychology seeks to discover how the brain correlates with the mind through the study of neurological cases. Students will gain an understanding of the field through review of adult clinical cases of neurological disorders. The psychosocial adjustment of patients living with each disorder and the dynamics among individuals involved in their care are additional themes of emphasis. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach integrating information from several subfields of psychology (cognitive, abnormal, developmental, biological, health psychology) and medicine (neurology and neuro-biology).
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
1. Introduction to Neuropsychology: History and Basic Assumptions
This section will throw light on the history and development of neuropsychology as a specialized field in the realm of psychology. The basic philosophy and assumptions guiding the objective analysis of behaviour through a neuropsychological lens would be discussed.
2. The structure of the Human Brain: Central Nervous System
3. Physiology underlying Behaviour: functional relationship between brain and behaviour
Many species of animal occur in groups, and fundamental processes such as reproduction, foraging, dispersal and migration occur within this social context. The multi-dimensional nature of biological processes leading to origin and sustenance of human behaviour in relation to brain development would be encapsulated under four dimensions
4. Brain and Cognition
5. Understanding basic neuropsychological disorders
6. Introduction to neuropsychological testing
Basic introduction would be provided to the students about the method of neuropsychological testing with emphasis on benefits and scientific rationale of testing. Few available ‘tests of executive functions’ from the below mentioned would be demonstrated in the class.
7. Brain Plasticity and Neuro-rehabilitation
The function of neuroplasticity in optimizing the neural networks especially in relation to the following would be discussed.
8. Case studies in Neuropsychology
Assessment schedule with details of weightage*:
|S.No||Assessment||Date/period in which Assessment will take place||Weightage|
|1||Quiz/Presentations||Aug – November||20%|
|2||Mid Semester Exam||October 1st to 5th||40%|
|3||End Semester Exam||Nov||40%|