Neuropsychology - Summer 2013 - Professor Claffey
Psyc 170: Neuropsychology
Instructor: Mike Claffey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Location: Warren Lecture Hall 2206
Time: M,T,W,Th 11:00-12:20 PM
This course is about how the brain produces behavior. It includes how neuropsychological disorders disrupt behavior.
It is relevant to:
Scroll down for Syllabus
|students that are interested in psychology and behavior, but want to
understand what parts of the the nervous system support different
||students that have an understanding in biology and physiology, but want
to understand how those biological processes produce behaviors at higher
Instructor: Michael Claffey
Summer Session II, 2013
Explain neurons and the brain function
Be familiar with diseases/disorders/pathologies of the nervous system
Explain several cases of diagnosis and treatment
From UCSD Psychology curriculum:
What are the neural mechanisms underlying mental phenomena such as
perception, attention, and memory? The two disciplines, neurophysiology
and psychology, both have a long history but until recently there has
been very little interaction between them. This course will take
students to the interface between these two fields and we will discuss a
wide range of topics that are of current interest. Restriction:
Time: 11:00 - 12:20
Location: Warren Lecture Hall 2206
Labor Day: September 2
Time: Last day of class, September 5th
Location: Same as class
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday after class, McGill 3340
Your course grade will be assigned based on the number of points as
A+ (97 or more), A (93-97), A- (90-93), B+ (87-90), B (83-87), B-
(80-83), C+ (77-80), C (73-77), C- (70-73), D (60-70), and F (below
There is no rounding. For example, a 92.63 is an A-.
Each student will select a research article and present it to the class.
The article must be from a peer-reviewed journal and address a topic in neuropsychology. Examples include:
- a lesion study that compares a group of patients with similar lesions and that quantifies their deficit
- an imaging study that localizes a mental function in the brain
- an animal study that records from or manipulates part of the brain
- case studies are not likely to be approved
Weeks 2 & 3 - discuss topics with professor, find candidate articles
Thursday, Week 3 - article approved by professor, article "titles" discussed in class
Thursday, Week 4 - "mini prez"
- 1-2 minute summary of paper. focus on what inferences/conclusions are made
- purpose: for presenter, make sure you understand the article. for others, active learning during other presentations
- class is to ask at least 1 question per paper. if there are no volunteers, professor will call on random people.
- At end, professor will do a sample presentation to show what is expected next week
Week 5 - Presentations
- Oral presentation, target ~10 minutes
- Presentation document (i.e. PowerPoint) rules:
- include and explain key figures
- NO complete sentences or "walls of text"
- professionally formatted
- Key points, in order of importance but not necessarily order of presentation
- what are the inferences/conclusions
- what are the data to support the inferences/conclusions
- why is this article important to neuropsychology or society at large
- details on subjects, which methods, statistics
- were the Key Points (above) clearly communicated
- was the content organized effectively
- did the presentation document (i.e. PowerPoint) fit the rules (above)
- did the presentation finish on time
- There will be questions on the final based on the papers, ask questions and hold the presenter accountable for being clear
You have two options to receive extra credit: experiment
participation or a summary paper.
Experiments: You can sign up for experiments at ucsd.sona-systems.com.
Experiments vary in length and descriptions are available on that
website. One point will be added to your final course grade per hour
of participation, up to 3 points total. As course instructor I do
not have access to the sona system and will only assign credit based
on the final numbers provided to me at the end of the quarter;
please address any discrepancies to the help listed on the website.
Paper: Alternatively, individuals not wishing to participate in
experiments can write a 3-4 page paper on a topic of their choosing
relating to neuropsychology. Paper topics must be cleared with
the instructor no later than Friday of the 2nd to last week. Papers
must be handed in on Tuesday Nov 30th and emailed or handed in at
the beginning of class on Dec 7th. Format: 3-4 pages double spaced, cite
your works, can include images but does not count toward length, email
or print ok.
After each lecture, podcasts will be automatically available
on the ucsd podcast site here.
Any materials that are made available will be posted on this page in
Introduction to Neuropsychology, Second Edition, J. Graham Beaumont
Electronic edition available for free through UCSD library (link)
Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind, V. S. Ramachandran
Available from Amazon (link)
Required starting the 2nd week (August 12th)
Academic dishonesty in any form is against University policy and
will NOT be tolerated.
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:
- Copying answers on tests
- Communicating with other students during a test
- Copying from a friend’s homework
- Misrepresenting a medical or family emergency or other personal
contingency in order to delay a scheduled exam or get extra time on
- Modifying graded material and then resubmitting it to “correct the
error in grading”
- Working with other students on homework assignments but completing
the assignment “in your own words”
- Sharing notes with other students outside of exams
Students with disabilities should notify the instructor and contact the
Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) during Week 1 of the
session so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented.
Copyright 2013 -