Mental Health and Brain Function

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mental Health and Brain Function

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prior university-level study of biological psychology.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module critically examines the nature and treatment of abnormal behaviour,
    thought and feeling. Psychological disorders such as phobias, personality disorders,
    eating disorders, schizophrenia, obsessions and compulsions, social anxiety, panic
    disorders and mood disorders will be evaluated.

    The module will introduce the main characteristics of these disorders, current
    approaches to understanding and the main treatment options. The module will also
    explore how cognitive functions can be localised within the brain. Cognitive impairments
    that can arise in some psychological disorders illnesses will be examined. Finally
    examples of how neurobiological data can help inform an understanding of psychological
    disorder will be evaluated.

    Autumn Semester summary:
    ? Diagnosis and Assessment
    ? Eating disorders
    ? Personality disorders
    ? Substance-use disorder
    ? Attention-deficit/ Hyperactivity disorder
    ? Conduct disorder
    ? The Executive Brain and Imaging the Brain
    ? Later Life and Neurocognitive deficits

    Spring Semester summary:
    ? Anxiety disorders 1-4
    ? Mood disorders 1 and 2
    ? Treatment of Mental Health
    ? Mindfulness
    ? Schizophrenia
    ? Learning Disabilities
    ? Schizophrenia: Insights from Brain Imaging Studies

    Teaching: 2 hour lectures weekly including an interactive discussion element

    ? 1500 word essay (40%)
    ? 2 hour exam (60%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: essay (100%)
    STUDY OPTION 3: portfolio (tbc) (100%).

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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