Brain and Mind Disorders in Youth (BMRI5011)


The brain undergoes significant changes during the adolescent period, particularly the frontal and temporal lobes. Brain maturation is reflected by a movement from immature and childlike cognitive processes and impulsive behaviour towards more mature and sophisticated behaviour, cognitive processes and mood regulation. This progression in maturation is dependant on the continuing active development of the underlying brain structures. This unit of study will provide you with an understanding of the final phase of brain development, associated with the shift from the development of new connections (in childhood) to the pruning of connections and organisation of neural networks. The effects of puberty and gene-environment interactions will also be explored. Investigating these underlying brain processes is critical to our understanding of the development of emerging adolescent and adult psychiatric disorders.

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1x2-hr lecture/week


extended response questions (30%), group presentation (30%), essay (40%)

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