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Clinical Neuroscience of Aging

Course Description

Clinical Neuroscience of Aging will be taught using a clinical science approach that examines the relationship between aging and change in cognitive and brain systems as they relate to clinical disorders. Overviews of modern clinical neuroscience methodology, clinical assessment, intervention strategies, functional neuroanatomy, and major cognitive systems will serve as a foundation for student’s understanding of how the human brain changes with age. Discussion of major research articles and issues critical to the clinical neuroscience of aging will be used to develop “critical thinking” skills.

Course Goals:

The goals of the course are three-fold: (1) to provide a foundation of the fundamental concepts and terminology of the clinical neuroscience of aging; (2) to understand how cognitive and brain function change with age; and (3) promote critical thinking about the clinical consequences of brain aging.

Prerequisites

This post-graduate course is designed to meet the needs of those BA and BS graduates that wish to obtain a better understanding of the clinical implications of brain aging as it applies to medical, professional, and research fields. This course will provide information essential for students that seek to further their general knowledge of aging in the brain and serve as a foundation for students that wish to pursue admission to a research PhD program.

Course Topics

Module Topic
Module 1 Introduction and Methods
Module 2 Cognition, Aging, and the Brain
Module 3 Clinical Disorders and Interventions

Learning Resources

  1. Online videos will provide topic-related content knowledge
  2. Topic articles will be placed on the course website. The information in these articles is coordinated with online video materials and serves as the required text for the course.
  3. Weekly discussion boards will stimulate critical thinking about issues relevant for the clinical neuroscience of aging.
  4. Weekly assignments will consolidate knowledge of materials

Library Access

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