From Brain to Symptom – Introduction to Neuroscientific Psychiatry

The first MOOC to teach modern neuroscientific psychiatry. Learn about functional neuroanatomy in relation to psychiatric conditions and their treatment.
This course is archived
Estimated 3 weeks
3–4 hours per week
Progress at your own speed

About this course

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What is neuroscientific psychiatry?

Neuroscientific psychiatry is the new generation’s brain-based understanding of human behavior in health and disease. Emerging over the past 10-15 years using new technologies such as brain imaging and neurogenetics, this combination of classic medicine and cognitive neuroscience has rapidly changed our views of psychiatric conditions and their treatment. Basic concepts and principles from this field can be used in clinical situations for diagnostics and treatment.

Intended learning outcomes

We hope this course will offer a stimulating learning experience and set you on a path towards an understanding of basic concepts and principles in the field of neuroscientific psychiatry. By the end of this introductory course, you should have a general understanding of basic structures of the human brain and the concept of functional neuroanatomy. You will have developed an understanding of general disease models in psychiatry and brain processes relating to cognitive and emotional functioning.

Virtual patients

The course includes video sessions with four virtual patients, each with a different clinical condition. They demonstrate how the underlying neurobiological disturbances of psychiatric disorders can be manifested.

Time commitment

The time commitment for this course is an estimated ten hours in total.

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At a glance

  • Institution: KIx
  • Subject: Health & Safety
  • Level: Advanced
  • Prerequisites:
    Students in clinical fields: medicine, psychology, nursing and psychotherapy.
  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • An overview of the structures of the human brain and their corresponding functions
  • Reasoning about general disease models in psychiatry
  • Applied understanding of cognition and emotion as distinct flows of information in the brain
  • An overview of contemporary personality models
  • Reasoning about how maladaptive traits can be understood as variants of normal functioning
  • How to reflect on how disturbances of brain functioning can manifest in clinical conditions
Section 1: Course welcome

Section 2: Brain Anatomy and Psychopathology
  • Introduction
  • Functional brain anatomy
  • Disease models in psychiatry
  • Research Domain Criteria
  • Precision psychiatry
  • Summary
Section 3: Cognition and Emotion
  • Introduction
  • Cognition
  • Disorders with impaired cognition
  • Virtual patient: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Emotion
  • Emotional disorders
  • Virtual patient: Depression
  • Summary
Section 4: Personality and Resilience
  • Introduction
  • Personality
  • Personality disorders
  • Virtual patient: Psychopathy
  • Resilience
  • Stress related disorders
  • Virtual patient: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Summary
Final Exam

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