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Unit information: Advanced Neuropsychiatry in 2019/20

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Unit name Advanced Neuropsychiatry
Unit code PSYCM0048
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Professor. Leonards
Open unit status Not open

Students must not have taken PSYC31053



School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This unit covers the historical foundation of neuropsychiatry, and consequently, demonstrates that common syndromes dealt with in Abnormal Psychology are also observable in patients with circumscribed brain lesions. Psychiatric issues in healthy ageing will also be addressed, along with psychiatric co-morbidity in neurodegenerative disease, including the most prevailing psychiatric phenomena such as major psychoses (schizophrenia, depression), anxiety, obsession, drug addiction, eating disorders, and personality disorders.

The aims of the unit are to contribute to the ongoing body-mind debate, and to demonstrate that psychiatric disorders are as organic as established neurological disorders.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, a student will be able to:

  1. Justify neuropsychiatry as discipline that interprets symptoms of changes of cognition, affect and behaviour discussed in psychiatry as originating from brain disorder
  2. Analyse contemporary issues in neuropsychiatry
  3. Demonstrate and then assess how methodological approaches apply to the study of neuropsychiatry
  4. Appraise the relationship between focal brain lesions and mental illness from a neuropsychiatric perspective

Teaching details

Lectures and seminars.

Assessment Details

2-hour written examination (70%) and 2000-word essay (30%).

Reading and References

Essential None


Recommended and further reading will be made available through Blackboard