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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

I. Required Neuroscience Courses (18 credits)

70801: Basic Neuroscience: Neuroanatomy: The course introduces students to the organizational structure of the human brain, including slide material of gross neuroanatomy, cerebral vasculature, spinal organization, and internal structure from medulla to cortex. Functional system mini-lectures are also provided for the sensory and motor systems, the thalamus, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, limbic system, cerebellum and cortex. Neuroanatomical mapping of major neurochemical systems and their receptors is also provided. Course expectations include both visuo-spatial and written fluency of the material.

70802: Basic Neuroscience: Neurophysiology: This course considers electrophysiological phenomena from the perspective of biophysical and chemical phenomena. Discussions concentrate on cellular neurophysiology in terms of electrical potentials within single cells (Hodgkin-Huxley), synaptic mechanisms and interrelationships in small neural networks. This course includes recent molecular, ion channel and modulatory phenomena related to pre-synaptic, post-synaptic and membrane-mediated activity.

70803: Basic Neuroscience: Neurochemistry (Psychopharmacology): This course discusses the basic chemical architecture of the central nervous system and metabolic pathways of functional significance. Emphasis is placed upon membrane properties, synaptic transmission, pharmacological principles, second messenger systems and molecular mechanisms mediating receptor and transmitter function. Each of the major aminergic and peptidergic neurotransmitter and receptor subtype systems is reviewed.

71000: Advanced Physiological Psychology I (Prerequisites: 70801/02/03): This course deals with the behavioral and physiological basis of sensory perception and the execution of motor actions.

71100: Advanced Physiological Psychology II (Prerequisites: 70801/02/03): This course deals with the physiological, endocrinological, and neurochemical substrates of homeostasis and motivation, stress, learning and memory, attention, language and higher order cognitive functions.

81700: Survey of Clinical Neuropsychology (Prerequisites: 70801/02/03): The course reviews the fundamentals of neuropsychology with an emphasis on applying the knowledge of brain-behavior relationships to neurological, psychiatric, and other medical disorders affecting higher cortical functioning. The course covers disorders of attention, aphasia, amnesia, agnosia, apraxia, parietal syndromes and dysexecutive syndromes.

II. Required Design, Statistics and Ethics Courses (12 credits)

70310: Research Methods and Design 1: An intensive examination of experimental research methodology, with emphasis on the following topics: experimental vs. nonexperimental approaches to research; the control of variables and its relation to internal, external, and statistical validities; the relationship between design and analysis of data. Variants of between-group, within-group, and single-subject designs are considered, with an evaluation of the properties of each design type. The applicability of research design principles across a variety of substantive research areas is considered.

70500: Advanced Statistical Methods I: An initial comprehensive review will cover tests of significance, one-way, independent groups and repeated-measures ANOVA, simple multiple comparisons, 2 × 2 factorial ANOVA, power analysis and SAS programs. This is followed by assumption failure, general multiple comparison procedures, general two-way ANOVA, three-way and higher factorial ANOVA, higher-order interaction effects, contrast coding, mixed designs, multiple regression and analysis of covariance.

70600: Advanced Statistical Methods II (Prerequisite: 70500): Multivariate statistical methods including simple correlations, regression, multiple and partial correlation, factor analysis theory and practice, canonical correlations, discriminant function analysis, one-way and factorial MANOVA, multiple comparisons for multivariate data, advanced power analysis and robust testing.

77100: Ethics/Professional Issues in Psychology: Ethical and legal issues that arise in the course of dealing with human or animal subjects, in teaching, research, assessing or treating patients, interacting with colleagues and the public, and in publishing scholarly works. Professional issues, such as preparing CVs, job seeking, certification and licensing are also considered. III. Additional NYS Licensure Courses (12 credits)

74600: Social Psychology: A survey of classic and contemporary research and theory. Topics include stereotyping and prejudice, cross-cultural studies, social influence, the self, gender, social cognition, and others.

70000: History of Psychology: Topics include the mind-body problem, nativism and empiricism, hedonism and reinforcement, hypnotism and spiritualism, psychophysiology and psychopathology. Schools of psychology (structuralism, functionalism, Gestalt, psychoanalysis and behaviorism) are reviewed, as are the contributions of philosophers, physical, biological and social scientists.

76000: Psychometric Methods: A general introduction to the principles of psychological measurement and theories underlying the use of common psychological assessment instruments. Lectures regarding the application and evaluation of psychometric methods focus on standardization procedures, norms, reliability, validity, and test construction. Lectures cover the ethical use of tests, history of psychological testing, theories of intelligence, and the development of techniques for the assessment of personality and psychiatric disorders (including project, self-report, rating scale, interview and observational techniques).

74000: Personality: The course focus is on contemporary research in personality and individual differences. Topics include factor analytic research, the nature of dispositions, motivation, behavior genetics, brain and personality, the self, intelligence, personality change, health, work, cognitive style and others.

75500: Psychopathology I: The identification and diagnosis of psychopathology including mood, anxiety, thought, and personality disorders. We will discuss the current psychiatric multi-axial classification system (DSM-IV) and consider psychopathology from a number of different perspectives (e.g., neurobiological, cognitive, behavioral and psychoanalytic). We will also consider multicultural and historical influences on the definition of psychopathology and the stability and change of psychopathology throughout the life course.

IV. Two 801 Seminar courses or their equivalents approved by the PH (6 credits)

80100 Seminars: (Listed are titles of seminars given in recent years. Future seminars are announced on a semester by semester basis.): Psychosocial Issues in the Treatment of Neurological Disorders; Neuropsychology of Emotion; Neuropsychology of ADHD; Aging and Dementia.

V. One 80200 Independent Research for 2nd Year Project (3 credits).