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Syllabus The Wonderful Connection between Brain and Mind - 51167
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Last update 07-10-2019
HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 1st degree (Bachelor)

Responsible Department: Psychology

Semester: 1st Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Ein Karem

Course/Module Coordinator: Dr. Ravid Doron

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: Sunday, By appointment

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Ravid Doron

Course/Module description:
Understanding the principles of the health and illness brain in psychology and psychiatric. Moreover Understanding the nervous system – sensation, conduction and processing of sensory information; the influence of medication and drugs on the nervous system; sensory systems in the body: transduction and information processing principles; the autonomous system and hormonal mechanisms controlled by the brain

Course/Module aims:
Understand the brain function in the normal and abnormal and how we can rehabilitate the brain.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the different cells of the nervous system – neurons and glial cells.
2. State the nervous system's protections, meninges, CSF
3. Describe the development of the nervous system
4. Describe the anatomic structure of the cerebral cortex and the function of its lobes.
5. Identify the brain structure in various sections (coronal, horizontal, sagittal).
6. Describe the function of the various sub-cortical areas and their role
7. Explain what will happen in case of various types of injuries in brain areas such as the cortex or sub-cortical areas.
8. Define sleep and why the body needs it.
9. Identify brain mechanisms responsible for sleep and wakefulness
10. Identify the most common sleep disorders prevalent in SWS and REM sleep.
11. Describe the biological basis of psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia ,depression and drug addiction

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: Lecture

Course/Module Content:
1. The chemical synapse as a data processing source
2. Functional anatomy: development of the nervous system
3. Functional anatomy: the functions of cortical and sub-cortical regions in the brain
4. Structure and function of the peripheral nervous system
5. Transmitters, medication, drugs and toxins in the nervous system
6. Sleep and wakefulness: brain areas and the neurotransmitters involved in these mechanisms
7. Sleep disorders and their treatment
8. Psychopathological disorders: schizophrenia, depression and addictions

Required Reading:
PRINCIPLES OF NEURAL SCIENCE E.R. Kandel & J.H. Schwartz (fifth edition, 2013)

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 100 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
the final grade is calculated as follows:
Final exam: 100%
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
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