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Courses and Descriptions

PSYC-3011Abnormal Psychology

This course explores the major components of modern abnormal psychology.  It begins with a brief introduction to the science of psychopathology and the research methods used to assess and diagnose psychological disorders.  It then moves into psychological disorders of childhood, continues through the various psychopathologies in adulthood, and concludes with cognitive disorders related to aging.  The scientific method is stressed throughout the course and emphasis is placed on how information about psychopathology is gathered, interpreted and applied to treatment. Additional emphasis is placed on the physiological (i.e. brain-related) aspects of each psychopathology. The course will expose students to the following specific psychopathologies: ADHD, autism, dyslexia, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating and sleeping disorders, schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders, personality disorders, sexual and gender identity disorders, substance-related disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders associated with aging.

Prerequisites

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