NEUR 1202 T - Neuroscience of Mental Health and Psychiatric Disease

Clinical symptoms of psychiatric disease, including biological, developmental, experiential and environmental factors that contribute to disease. Topics may include depressive disorders, schizophrenia, autism, ADHD, anorexia, narcolepsy, substance abuse, and personality disorders. Precludes additional credit for NEUR 1201 (no longer offered).

This course offers students a 'top-down' perspective on the role of the brain in mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, and drug addiction. What is the brain? How does it function? What happens when the brain misbehaves? You'll also learn about how lifestyle factors, such as sleep, diet, and exercise, can influence the brain, and how stress can impact all aspects of brain function.

By the end of this course, students should be able to describe the basic structure and organization of the nervous system and how cells in the brain communicate; explain the symptoms, causes, and brain changes associated with a variety of neurobehavioural disorders, as well as current treatment options; understand how environmental events (e.g., stress, nutrition, toxins) may influence gene expression and disease state; list and briefly describe some common neuroscientific techniques; and read and understand scientific studies at a basic level.

CRN for section T: 34296

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 34297

In-class lecture time & location:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:05am to 11:25am, C264 LA

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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