PSY221_P11 Introduction to Neuropsychology

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2011
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Daniel Joel Shaw, Ph.D., M.Sc. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Zbyněk Vybíral, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lenka Beláňová (alternate examiner)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Zbyněk Vybíral, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Daniel Joel Shaw, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Tue 4. 10. to Fri 16. 12. Tue 8:00–9:40 P22
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/25, only registered: 0/25, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/25
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Students will learn about the behavioural and psychological consequences of damage to specific brain systems. This is achieved by learning about selected neuropsychological patients. Throughout the lectures students will gain an appreciation of how neuropsychology have advanced our understanding of the human brain, but also the limitations of the 'lesion' approach.
  • The following topics will be covered:
  • 1. Memory;
  • 2. Visual perception - i.e. the “two visual systems hypothesis”;
  • 3. Emotion; - i.e. affective behaviour;
  • 4. Executive function - i.e. decision making and planning;
  • 5. Motor behaviour - i.e. impairments in motor behaviour that result from damage to the dorsal visual stream;
  • 6. Language - i.e. productive and receptive speech;
  • 7. Lateralisation - i.e. ‘split brain’ research and hemispheric specialisation;
  • 8. Current Issues and Debates in neuropsychology;
  • 9. Revision/Discussion - i.e. an informal seminar session before the exam;
  • 10. Exam
Teaching methods
1-8: Lectures and team presentations; 9: Class discussion; 10: Written examination
Assessment methods
Presentations and examination essays should demonstrate (a) an understanding of the behavioural abnormalities that result from the brain damage; (b) an appreciation for the inferences that can be drawn from the patient(s); (c) awareness of the advantages and limitations of the “lesion” approach in advancing our understanding of brain-behaviour relationships.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught each semester.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2013, Spring 2014.
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