Delusions and Disorders of the Mind and Brain
Think about brain disorders that can affect memory, reading or higher level cognition. Notice similarities and differences in conditions across cultures. Break down dyslexia and schizophrenia. Process theories about the causes of these conditions.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Describe the characteristic features of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders.
- Explain key concepts and theories about the underlying causes of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders.
- Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanations and theories of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders.
- Critique popular or prejudicial claims about delusions, disorders, and the mind from an informed and evidence-based perspective.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject is designed to provide you with an understanding of the basic cognitive disorders and higher-level delusions that can arise either developmentally or as a result of brain injury. You will learn about the characteristic features of these disorders and delusions, and about how the patterns of symptoms displayed can be accounted for in terms of models of normal cognitive processing. Where relevant, you will be familiarised with theories about the underlying cases of the conditions, and with experimental investigations of the efficacy of particular treatments. Patterns of similarities and differences of conditions will be critically examined. Conditions covered include: dyslexia, specific language impairment (SLI), aphasia, amnesia, agnosia, synaesthesia, autism, auditory hallucination, delusion and schizophrenia.
- Final exam (45%)
- Online participation (10%)
- Online quizzes (15%)
- Mid-semester exam (30%)
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