PSYC 351
Clinical Neuropsychology Fall 2023
Division III

Class Details

Clinical neuropsychology is a fascinating interdisciplinary subfield within clinical psychology that investigates the relationship between brain functions and behavior, including emotions and cognition. In this course, we will consider different cognitive functions, as well as an array of pediatric and adult neurological disorders, such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. Course goals include understanding the behavioral and cognitive characteristics associated with disorders and their underlying biology, how assessment tools are used in the diagnostic process, and how interventions may be implemented to improve function. To achieve these goals, we will discuss case studies and research articles, and we will take a hands-on approach by learning how to administer and interpret neuropsychological tests, paying particular attention to their strengths, limitations, and generalizability. We will also explore how neuropsychological test results can inform clinical interventions. Throughout these discussions, we will consider the ethical issues associated with neuropsychological testing and intervention.
The Class: Format: seminar; Class will only meet 2 of the 3 possible days each week, determined by the instructor.
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1939
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Attendance and active participation in class and online discussions, three 2-page papers with peer review, one group project/presentation, one final case report (5-7 pages)
Prerequisites: PSYC 201 and PSYC 252 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Psychology majors
Distributions: Division III

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