BMS 661 Brain and Behavior:  1 Credit Hour

Duration:    March-May

Synopsis:    A series of lectures are presented to cover the basics of evaluation of neurobehavioral disorders, as well as core aspects of neurobehavioral function such as memory and language.  Then specific lectures on certain disorders are presented to integrate the previous lectures and provide specific knowledge of certain more common neurobehavioral disorders, such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, addiction, autism and traumatic brain injury.

Competencies: 
  Lectures for the Spring term

Brain and Behavior course enable students to learn about the neurobiology of certain disorders, as well as basics of evaluation and treatment of these disorders. Aspects of clinical neuroscience research are presented over the course so that the student gains an understanding of research, as well as clinical aspects. There is special emphasis of application of course concepts in the clinical context. 

Course Objectives:

●    To understand what neuropsychiatry is, basics of the exam, and how it complements/integrates neurology and psychiatry as well as its role in medicine
●    To learn about the basic tools of “lab” evaluation in clinical neuroscience, such as functional imaging and neuropsychological testing
●    To learn about aspects of certain basic neurobehavioral functions such as memory , language, and executive functions, and aspects of their neurochemical and neuoanatomical substrates
●    To explore certain disorders in more detail, both clinical aspects and current research, to provide examples that will integrate previous lectures as much as possible, such as autism, brain injury, developmental disorders, schizophrenia, mood disorders.

Major areas include:
●    Evaluation of the patient with a neurobehavioral disorder
●    Neuropsychological assessment and consultation
●    The role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in clinical neuroscience
●    Higher cortical functions, including Prefrontal cortical systems
●    Neurobehavioral aspects of learning and memory
●    Neuroscience and Social Behavior
●    The limbic system and neurobehavioral function
●    The neurobiology of Addiction
●    The neurobiology of schizophrenia
●    The neuropsychiatry of traumatic brain injury
●    The role of hormones on brain function
●    Neurobehavioral Disorders in Epilepsy       

Key Words: 
   neuropsychiatry, brain-behavior, neuropsychology, prefrontal cortex, limbic system, neurobehavioral diagnosis.

Assessment:    TLE and Spring Final Exam

Course Website:    http://www.psych.uic.edu/education/courses/brain/index.htm