Neuropsych Concentration: Coursework

These are the required or strongly recommended courses for the neuropsychology concentration, and ancillary classes that may be useful for students who have specialized interests  (e.g., the cognitive effects of aging or of substance abuse).

Note that all neuropsychology courses are open to any graduate students who have completed the prerequisites.

Required Courses

  • Foundations of Neuropsychology (PSYC 5140; Drs. Fein and Salamone): Introduction to neuropsychology, including functional neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, pharmacology, and cognitive and emotional functions.
  • Neuropsychological Assessment (PSYC 5141; Dr. Fein): Overview of neuropsychological assessment, including neuropsychological functions, common syndromes, test instruments, and professional issues.
  • Practicum in Neuropsychological Assessment (PSYC 6141; Dr. Fein): Field placements in regional hospitals, independent neuropsychology practices, and rehabilitation settings. Students conduct supervised neuropsychological evaluations and occasionally provide intervention services.Must be taken at least two semesters (e.g., fall and spring, spring and summer). May be taken multiple times; students planning to pursue a career in neuropsychology should complete at least two years.
  • Neuropsychopharmacology (BIOB 5228; Dr. Salamone): Exploration of basic principles of neuropharmacology, with an emphasis on neurochemical mechanisms and the actions of psychotherapeutic drugs.
  • Methods of Cognitive Neuroscience: Imaging and Electrophysiology (Dr. Chen). A one-credit course providing an in-depth overview of neuroscience methods including MRI, TMS, EEG, MRS, and NIRS.

AND

  • Mammalian Neuroanatomy (MEDS5384; Drs. Oliver and Zecevic): Examination of mammalian spinal cord and brain, including the relationship between structure and function in the nervous system. Offered at the UConn School of Medicine.

 OR

  • Case Based Neuroanatomy (PSYC5370; Dr. Kaplan): An exploration of neuroanatomy through examination of classic syndromic cases. Offered at the UConn School of Medicine but geared toward clinical psychology rather than medical students.

OR

  • Microcircuits and macrocircuits underlying perception, action and decision-making in the mammalian forebrain. (PSYC 5270 – Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience; Dr. Chrobak).

 

In addition, students must take at least one of the following:

  • Neurobiology of Aging (PSYC 5285; Drs. Chen and Markus). An overview of the neuroanatomy, physiology and chemistry of human aging. Offered in alternate years.
  • Cognition (PSYC 5567; Dr. Tabor): An introduction to theories of human cognition.
  • Child Neuropsychology (PSYC 5370 (formerly PSYC 320); Drs. Isenberg and Javornisky) Overview of child neuropsychology, including brain development, developmental and acquired syndromes, and child neuropsychological assessment. Offered in alternate years.
  • Language Acquisition and Cognitive Development in Language Pathologies (PSYC 5470/5445/COGS 5140; Drs. Eigsti and Naigles): Covers current research on language acquisition in developmentally delayed/pathological populations. We examine what the language delays & deficits reveal about each disorder, about the processes of language acquisition, about the representation & organization of language, and about the neurobiology and genetics of language. Offered in alternate years.
  • Special Topics in Physiological Psychology: The Cortex (PSYC 5270; Dr. Swadlow): Reviews anatomic circuitry and physiologic functions of specific cortical regions. Offered periodically.
  • Connectionist Models (PSYC 5515; Dr. Rueckl): Surveys connectionist models in psychology and computational neuroscience, including models for learning, memory, and language processes in intact and damaged networks. Offered in alternate years.
  • Memory (PSYC 5513; Dr. Rueckl): Contrasts associationist, cognitive, connectionist, and cognitive neuroscientific approaches to short-term memory, long-term memory, and the representation of knowledge. Offered in alternate years.
  • Systems Neuroscience (MEDS 5371; Dr. Kim): Examines functional organization of neural systems underlying movement, sensation, language, learning/plasticity, and emotion/arousal. Offered at the UConn School of Medicine, Spring.