Neuroscience is the study of the neural processes and mechanisms underlying human function and behavior. It is an interdisciplinary field that combines the ideas explored in the field of psychology with the science that governs the brain and body. In order to understand the etiology of disorders such as addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia, it is crucial to understand how molecular, cellular, and endocrine changes contribute to disease progression.
In this course, students learn about how the laws of neurons and neurotransmitters direct brain processes. Classes include interactive lectures, discussions, and assignments designed to help students understand the neuroscience of addiction, major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Outside of class, students explore case studies of neuropsychiatric disorders so as to fully understand the extent of debilitation and possibilities for recovery. The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions.
Hameda Khandaker writes for a New York City medical communications company. She holds a Ph.D. in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Hameda completed her thesis on how curcumin, the primary ingredient in the spice turmeric, enhances adult neurogenesis and neurogenesis-dependent learning. She has taught various courses in psychology and neuroscience to college and high school students.
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