4 semester credits
This course addresses the wide-ranging discipline of clinical neuropsychology. This field is represented by four emerging areas: the classic analysis of behavioral sequelae to brain damage, including substance abuse; pathology from slow development of specific cognitive functions; neuropsychological deficits based on unusual learning histories which have no organic basis; and the developing and aging brain.
Delivery Method: Distance/Electronically Mediated
Grading Default: Letter
1. Be familiar with the organization of the higher cortical functions by areas (units) as outlined by A. R. Luria and his approach to the assessment of these functions.
2. Be familiar with the bases behind the process approach to clinical neuropsychology as set forth by Edith Kaplan and her colleagues and be able to describe the differences between this approach and what could be called the “batter” approach of others. Also be able to outline the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
3. Be familiar with the current findings in clinical developmental neuropsychology, to include the anatomical development of the brain through adolescence as well as the development of the major areas of cognitive functioning through adolescence.
4. Be familiar with functional neuropsychological deficits that are associated with environmental, personality, or other factors and not with brain damage or hypodevelopment.
5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the importance of ecological validity as applied to neuropsychological assessment, including both generic and individual factors.
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