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Faculty of Behavioral Sciences

Paper 3.4 (A): Neuropsychology

Unit

Contents

Teaching Hrs.

Domain

I Introduction to Neuropsychology

Nature and concept of neuropsychology, past history, current status and scope of neuropsychology.

Topography of brain – hind brain, mid brain, and forebrain

Cerebral cortex and its lobular organization, cerebral dominance

Neurotransmitters – classical, amino acids, neuropeptides; synaptic transmission

Frontal lobe and executive functions

Dopaminergic pathways and relation to Schizophrenia

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II Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Dementias—types and classifications, symptoms, causes and management

Cerebrovascular disorders: ischemia, thrombosis, hemorrhage – symptoms, causes, management

Disorders of sleep and arousal – symptoms, causes, management

Tumors of the brain: types; head trauma: open head and closed head injuries – symptoms, causes, management

Classic Neuropsychiatric cases 

Limbic system and Psychiatric Disorders

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III Assessment, Treatment and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.

Methods of investigation: electroencephalograph, evoked potentials, CT Scan, MRI, PET Scan

Halsted-Reitan Neuropsychological battery, Luria-Nebraska neuropsychological battery

Brain Plasticity, Cognitive retraining and remediation.

Neuropsychological recovery and rehabilitation, Neuro-psychotherapy

Indian Neuropsychological test batteries

Neuropsychological rehabilitation in dementia

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Syllabus Books:

  1. Zillmer, E.A., Spiers, M.V., & Culbertson, W.C. (2008). Principles of neuropsychology. Thompson: Wadsworth.
  2. Pinel, J.P. (2006). Biopsychology. Pearson Education, Inc.

Reference Books:

  1. Faust, M. (2015). The Handbook of Neuropsychology of Language. NY: Wiley.
  2. Goldstein, L.H. & McNeil. J.E. (2012). Clinical Neuropsychology: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Management for Clinicians. NY: Wiley
Admission 2017