NEUR 1201 V - Introduction to Mental Health and Disease

Common mental health diseases; clinical symptoms of disease, genetic, developmental, experiential and environmental risk factors contributing to disease; the neurobiological basis of disease. Topics may include depression, Alzheimer's Disease, schizophrenia and ADHD.

This course is an introduction to fundamental issues and research in human cognition. Topics to be covered include (but may not be limited to):
• History of cognitive psychology
• Conceptual and scientific assumptions
• Research methods in cognitive psychology
• Sensory memory
• Short term and working memory
• Long term memory
• Pattern recognition
• Human Attention
• Semantic and episodic knowledge
• Mental imagery
• Basic processes in reading
• Applications of cognitive research to the real world

CRN for section V: 13878

CRN for section VOD (optional Video On Demand service): 13879

In-class lecture time & location:
Time & location TBA

Instructor: Kim Hellemans

About the instructor: I have been fascinated with the brain's involvement in mental health since I was an undergraduate in psychology at McGill many years ago. I loved learning about the brain so much, I never left university! I was very fortunate to be hired at Carleton at a time when the Department of Neuroscience was in the process of developing it's own undergraduate program. As such, I got to directly influence the design and development of the courses we offer for this degree program. I really enjoy teaching this course because I get to explore some of the unanswered research questions in neuroscience, and fuel students' enthusiasm for the subject.

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