The successful completion of this course will enable students:
1. to have an overview of the complex anatomy of the frontal lobes as well as the currently available methods of investigation of their structure and function. 2. to understand the contribution of frontal lobes to cognitive functioning 3. to understand the connection of frontal lobe pathology with various neurologic disorders 4. to understand the basis of frontal lobe dysfunction in various psychiatric disorders.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The frontal lobes cover 30% of the cortical surface. They contribute to behaviors that most distinguish man from animals, such as social cognition and judgement. Understanding the frontal lobes advances our understanding of a variety of neurological and psychiatric conditions. Ι. Overview and development of the frontal lobes in child- and adulthood ΙΙ. Anatomy of the frontal lobes ΙΙ. Anatomy of the frontal lobes III. Functional and structural imaging approaches ΙV. Cognitive functioning and the frontal lobes (episodic and autobiographical memory; executive control; planning; motor control; language; self-representation; social cognition; capacity to consent to treatment) V. Neurological diseases (neurodegenerative disorders; infectious, inflammatory and demyelinating Disorders; traumatic brain injury; adult-onset genetic disorders) VI. Psychiatric diseases and the frontal lobes (schizophrenia; bipolar disorder; depression; obsessive-compulsive disorder).
Frontal lobes, Cognition, Behavior, Neurologic and psychiatric disorders